Posted Dec 12th 2011 5:30PM
Look out all you gangsta wannabe's, the Manitoba authorities are gonna jack your ride!
Beneath the culture that most of us live within lurks a somewhat darker segment of society. The segment of society that crime shows on television just touches on, where reality TV dare not go. Within that World, the issue of personal security is a real one, one that causes participants to take their personal protection much further than just locking the door when they leave the house. These folks wear bullet proof vests and vehicles designed to withstand artillery fire.
Needless to say, members of society who equip themselves like this tend to operate on the fringes of the law. The province of Manitoba has passed a new law called the Body Armour and Fortified Vehicle Control Act to prevent the use of such things by criminals.
Under the new law, vendors are restricted from selling body armour or fortified vehicles to individuals who do not carry a license to use them.
Head past the jump to find out who is allowed to operate a vehicle equipped with such protection.
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Below are the individuals that are permitted to use armoured vehicles:
- Police officers, band and community constables.
- Fire fighters and emergence response personel.
- Licenced security guards.
- Provincial sheriffs and corrections officers.
- Federal employees required to wear body armour.
- Armoured vehicle service employees.
Enforcement begins in April and those found using the stuff could face substantial fines or jail time.
Spotting someone wearing body armour might be pretty simple, but one has to wonder how they intend to pick out existing armoured cars. While some, like the Canadian built Conquest Knight XV above, most are converted BMW, Mercedes and even Cadillac models that bear few visible signs that they have been modified.
News Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Image Source: Conquest Vehicles