2021 Tennessee Code
Title 39 - Criminal Offenses
Chapter 17 - Offenses Against Public Health, Safety and Welfare
Part 13 - Weapons
§ 39-17-1323. Commission of Certain Offenses While Wearing a Body Vest

Universal Citation: TN Code § 39-17-1323 (2021)
  1. A person commits an offense who knowingly wears a body vest, when acting either alone or with one (1) or more other persons, while committing:

    1. Any felony whose statutory elements involve the use or threat of violence to a human being;

    2. Any burglary, car-jacking, theft of a motor vehicle, or arson; or

    3. Any felony offense involving a controlled substance or controlled substance analogue.

  2. For purposes of this section, a “body vest” means a bullet-resistant soft armor providing, as a minimum standard, the level of protection known as threat level I which shall mean at least seven (7) layers of bullet-resistant material providing protection from three (3) shots of one hundred fifty-eight-grain lead ammunition fired from a .38 caliber handgun at a velocity of eight hundred fifty feet (850') per second.

  3. The unlawful wearing of a body vest is a Class E felony.

  4. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the possession of a body vest for lawful purposes.

  5. Any sentence imposed under this section shall run consecutively to any other sentence imposed for the conviction of the underlying offense.
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