Sen. Gardner Introduces Bill to Equip All Law Enforcement With Rifle-Resistant Body Armor
In honor of National Police Week, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bill to equip every U.S. law enforcement officer with body armor that can withstand a shot from a rifle.
Gardner said the majority of officers wear the less resistant Type I or Type II vests, and he wants to upgrade them to the more advanced Type III.
I'm introducing a bill to outfit every officer in the country with rifle-ballistic body armor. We need to keep our men and women in blue safe. pic.twitter.com/18Y9NZ7hTK
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) May 16, 2018
We need to do everything we can to protect our law enforcement officers. Be sure to watch this @KDVR story on my bill to outfit all police officers with advanced body armor. pic.twitter.com/c8F9DPj6Mt
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) May 17, 2018
On "Fox & Friends," Gardner said superior body armor could have helped save the lives of the three Colorado officers who have been shot and killed in the last six months.
Gardner explained that many departments, particularly smaller ones, don't have the budget to purchase the Type III vests.
The bill, which Gardner co-sponsored with Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), also authorizes additional funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to research more advanced body armor.
"This is gonna be expensive. There's no doubt about it. But the fact is this country send $1.7 billion to Iran. I think we can find a billion dollars to back the blue," Gardner said.
He said President Trump has been incredible at supporting police officers, and he hopes Congress will follow his lead by getting behind the bill.
"We've got to make sure that we push this as hard as we can, because they're protecting our communities," Gardner said. "They're America's sheepdog, protecting us from the wolves out there. And that's what we have to do."