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    Default FBI bulletin Sapi plates

    heard word about this does any one have the scoop
    whats up

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    Default Re: FBI bulletin Sapi plates

    this is not too timely but I haven't been here for a while. This was on lightfighter:

    posted 26 December 03 08:42
    Received from the Dec 2003 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin sent out to various
    folks and is available via the GPO.

    Illegal Sales of Stolen Property

    The Defense Criminal Investigative Service of the Department of Defense
    (DOD) is investigating the sale of suspected stolen military property. The
    property, a small arms protective insert (SAPI), is a lightweight body armor
    worn to protect the chest area. When used in conjunction with the soft
    ballistic vest, the SAPI is designed to protect the user from multiple
    impacts from high velocity, high-impact assault ammunition. The SAPI
    currently is being used by U.S. military personnel in military operations
    throughout the world. The SAPI provides state-of-the-art ballistic
    protection and would provide a tactical advantage to criminals in
    confrontations with law enforcement officers.

    Investigative sources indicate that individuals throughout the United States
    are selling and buying this property at an alarming rate. The theft and
    subsequent illegal sales of SAPIs is a continuing and pervasive problem. It
    has also been determined that several individuals who have both sold and
    purchased SAPIs have criminal histories. Recent legislation has passed that
    makes it illegal for anyone with a felony conviction to possess body armor
    (the SAPI is considered body armor), Title 18 U.S.C. 931(a), Possession of
    Body Armor by a Convicted Felon.

    A DOD directive requires that SAPIs be destroyed when no longer needed by
    the military and that SAPIs are not to be sold to the general civilian
    population. One exception to this directive is the sale to law enforcement.
    There have been no government sales to explain the ability of civilians to
    purchase any such item legally. Because the SAPI is only being produced
    under current DOD contracts, the property should be considered stolen, and
    anyone who purchases a SAPI is in possession of stolen military property.

    It should also be noted that the picture above is only one example of a
    SAPI. Although they all share similar features and dimensions, there may be
    slight variations in appearance, to include differences in markings on the
    SAPI and the absence of a manufacturer's plate.

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