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Updated: 8th January 2019 09:13

New Alberta law to mandate body armour permit

The province of Alberta is launching an initiative to tackle organized crime by only allowing people with permits to buy body armour.

New initiative aimed to reduce organized crime activity

The province of Alberta is launching an initiative to tackle organized crime by only allowing people with permits to buy body armour.

It’s called the Body Armour Control Act, which is an initiative under the Alberta Gang Reduction Strategy.

Beginning June 15, businesses will only be able to sell body armour to people that provide a valid permit, or proof of an exemption. 

"These new rules restrict the ability of criminals and known gang members to possess body armour," said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

"Police forces from across the province recommended this legislation and have been consulted extensively to ensure the new rules are fair and effective."

The province is giving people who already own body armour to get a permit, or have proof of an exemption until December 15.

After that, the province can issue a fine up to $10,000, six months in jail, or both. Permits cost $50 per year.

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