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Can I Buy a Bulletproof Vest?

Can you buy a bulletproof vest? Yes! As long as you live in the US and haven’t been convicted of a violent felony, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Any resident of the United States can buy a bulletproof vest, regardless of your occupation or citizenship. You don’t have to be a police officer or armored car driver, and you don’t even need to be a US citizen (any US resident can buy one) – the only qualifications you need are a felony-free record and an interest in protecting yourself!

Bulletproof vests and other pieces of body armor are just safety equipment; no one’s ever been harmed by a bulletproof vest. Because of that, there aren’t a bunch of bureaucratic restrictions on purchasing them. Except for a few very specific cases, anyone can purchase a bulletproof vest either in person at a store or online, and then they can wear it wherever they want to. You can find a guide to the laws about body armor in each state using BulletSafe’s guide to body armor law by state here, although they are mostly pretty uniform throughout the whole country.

There are only a few exceptions to this freedom to purchase a bulletproof vest. The James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002 states that no person convicted of a violent crime may purchase, own or possess body armor. So, if you have been convicted of a violent felony, you aren’t allowed to buy a bulletproof vest. But if you haven’t, there is no reason why you can’t buy or own one. It is up to the buyer to determine whether or not they are legally allowed to buy a bulletproof vest; if a felon comes into possession of a bulletproof vest, the responsibility does not fall on the person who sold the vest. For this reason, there is no background check, waiting period, or registration necessary in order to buy a bulletproof vest, so an ordinary civilian can buy one hassle-free.

The other small exception is that in the state of Connecticut, all bulletproof vests must be purchased in person, face-to-face in a retail store. You are not allowed to order bulletproof vests online if you live in Connecticut, and so unfortunately we cannot fulfill online orders or ship to that state. Rest assured, you are still totally free to buy and own a bulletproof vest, you’ll just need to go to the store to purchase it. You can find an authorized BulletSafe dealer near you using our store locator.

You are also free to wear your bulletproof vest wherever you want to, with very limited exceptions. You can wear your vest to the shooting range if you’re worried that you might be standing next to an inexperienced shooter; you can wear it to work if you have a job like a bounty hunter or a repo man where you’re worried you might encounter violent individuals; you can keep one under your bed in case of a home invasion or in your emergency bunker in case of a major catastrophe; you can even wear one day-to-day in any and all situations where you’re concerned about your personal safety.

The only exception to this is that you can’t wear your bulletproof vest into an airport or on an airplane. You can put it in your checked baggage, but you can’t wear it on your person when you fly. You should also exercise caution if you’re considering traveling internationally with a bulletproof vest. Different countries have different laws regarding body armor, and you should find out what those laws are before you get ready to head to the airport. You definitely will not be able to travel internationally with the ballistic plates we sell for upgrading your vest’s protection level; whether you can travel with the vest itself or not will depend on what country you’re flying to, and you’ll need to look their laws up ahead of time.

As you can see, anyone is free to own a bulletproof vest, as long as you haven’t been convicted of a violent felony. And now, thanks to the BulletSafe bulletproof vest’s super-affordable price tag of $299, personal protection is truly available to anyone for the first time. To celebrate your freedom to buy and own body armor, you can use the coupon code “ANYONE” at checkout to receive free shipping on your order from

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BulletSafe Makes It Easy To Protect Your Entire Team – Size Them All In One Day

When ordering bulletproof vests for a large group of people, you want to get the sizes right the first time.  BulletSafe understands this, that’s why our sizing method is both unique and efficient. 

First, we size people by their height and weight.  Why?  Because everyone knows their height and weight.  Also, because height and weight help us choose the vest size best.  Chest size isn’t as important, and waist size isn’t really correct either.  We have a time-tested size chart for choosing vests using height and weight. 

BulletSafe Size Chart

The only time our height/weight chart needs adjustment is when the size of a person’s belly doesn’t fit their height and weight.  Are they a body builder, with huge arms and legs?  They could be 250 lbs with a flat stomach.  Those guys will need a smaller sized vest than their height/weight indicates.  Are they a thin guy with a beer belly?  If so, they may need a larger vest to get around their “storage tank”.  No matter what their height, weight, or shape, these are all things that your team knows about itself.  So just ask them, fill out this form, and we’ll supply your vests.  The days of measuring someone’s belly button are over.  BulletSafe makes it easy to size your team for bulletproof vests. 

BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests - Group Sizing Chart

Want our help with the process?  We’d love to support you.  Download this form and fill it out.  You can send the form to:  [email protected] 

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We Sold A Bulletproof Vest Using Bitcoin

We Sold A Bulletproof Vest Using Bitcoin

8 months ago I read a book called Digital Gold, which was all about Bitcoin, it’s implications, and development.  The book was written by the NY Times writer who had covered the technology.  It was a great read.  I was surprised that a book about digital money could be interesting, but it was a well told story. 

I’m not a Bitcoin investor, I guess I don’t have the stomach for risk.  Maybe that is why I make safety equipment?  I did learn that some of the things that people like about Bitcoin are also some of the things some of our customers like.  So we started offering the ability to buy a bulletproof vest using Bitcoin. 

We used a combination of Shopify, Bitpay, and Orderhive to handle the transaction.  BulletSafe’s website’s backend is provided by Shopify.  Shopify offers a way for companies like ours to build a fairly nice web store efficiently.  They also offer support for all sorts of cool things, like our Dealer Locator which is a plug-in app that we really like.  Shopify also offers Bitpay integration, so we used Bitpay to accept the Bitcoin transaction.  We also use an inventory/order management system called Orderhive to handle the shipment in our warehouse.  So the order was shipped quickly and easily.  Once set up it was as easy as accepting a credit card order. 

It is nice to see people using Bitcoin as an actual way to buy things.  It seems that most of what I have read lately about Bitcoin was written about people just buying and selling the currency itself and not really using it for its intended purpose. 

So, while accepting Bitcoin hasn’t been a big sales success for us.  It does work.  Perhaps despite the ups and downs the value of each Bitcoin carries, It is still a great way to complete a transaction. 

Tom Nardone
President, BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests

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You Can Buy A Lot of BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests for 9.1 Million Dollars

$9,100,000?  What is that?  That is the value of a wrongful death (according the EPA and a study by Vanderbilt University). It’s tough to put a dollar figure on a human life, but if you had to, that would be it.  But there is more than just the financial cost of a death, there is emotional loss, the loss of morale, the increase in fear, and the guilt associated. So, it costs more than $9,100,000 if one of your employees is killed on the job. 

30,434?  What is that?  That is the number of BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests you can buy for nine-point-one million dollars.  BulletSafe made bulletproof vests affordable. Our level IIIA vest is just $299. That’s a lot of protection for a small amount of money.  You can buy 30,434 of them for $9.1M.

Does it now make sense to buy your people a bulletproof vest?  

I think it does.  Let’s look at a case study: 

A large cash transport company lost two workers during robberies in the last four years.  Not only was it emotionally costly, but it probably cost their insurance company and Loomis $18,000,000.  That’s a yearly liability of $4,500,000.

What would it cost to protect every guard?  That company operates a fleet of 3,000 vehicles.  Three BulletSafe vests per vehicle would be 9,000 vests.  The total cost to the company would be: $2.7M for 5 years worth of protection.  That’s $540,000 per year. $540,000 is a lot less than $4,500,000. This company should clearly provide their guards with vests.

Beyond economics there are more reasons.  

  • Doing everything you can to protect your employees is the right thing to do.  
  • Your employees want high quality body armor.
  • Supplying it for them shows you care.
  • BulletSafe Bulletproof Vests are only $299 per vest.
  • Many of your team members cannot afford to buy new armor on their own.
  • Team members that don’t feel protected will look for work elsewhere
  • A new BulletSafe Bulletproof Vest is professional in function and appearance.

Is it time for your company to start supplying their employees with bulletproof vests?  Failing to do so is dangerous, financially risky, and gives your employees the wrong message.  Now is the time to review your policies.



Tom Nardone, President, BulletSafe