BILL AIMS FOR LIMITS ON ARMOR; ASSEMBLY MEASURE ENDORSED BY PANEL.Byline: Paul Hefner Daily News Sacramento Bureau
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body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour
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The measure, by Assemblyman Scott Wildman Scott Wildman was a California State Assemblyman from 1996 until 2000. That year, he lost a State Senate primary to Dr. Jack Scott, an Assemblyman from a neighboring district. Wildman received 46.7% of the vote. , D-Glendale, would make possession of bulletproof Refers to extremely stable hardware and/or software that cannot be brought down no matter what unusual conditions arise. See industrial strength.
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``We have a trend growing where people are just buying this off the shelf or ordering it over the telephone. This will stop the avalanche,'' Wildman said. ``It will stop the real easy access for people with criminal histories.''
The bill was supported by several police and sheriff's departments from around the state, including Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , during a hearing before the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
Several officers recounted how a pair of gunmen wearing body armor kept more than 100 police officers at bay on the streets of North Hollywood after a bank holdup last year.
``Having this kind of body armor, head to toe, allowed these two men to terrorize ter·ror·ize
tr.v. ter·ror·ized, ter·ror·iz·ing, ter·ror·iz·es
1. To fill or overpower with terror; terrify.
2. To coerce by intimidation or fear. See Synonyms at frighten. a neighborhood for hours,'' said Ted Hunt of the Los Angeles Police Protective League union. ``That's a pretty terrifying ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. thing.''
There was no opposition to the measure.
Wildman acknowledged later that neither of the gunmen involved in the shootout, Larry Phillips Jr. or Emil Matasareanu, had felony criminal records at the time. Both died in the robbery attempt.
Wildman's measure would not have prevented them from buying the armor they used, but he said the attention the North Hollywood and other cases has drawn to body armor has encouraged other criminals to buy and use it.
Further restrictions on sales and possession of body armor may be necessary, Wildman said, but he called his proposal a good first step.