By Steve Dellar  |  02-18-2018   News
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In the wake of the terrible drama at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there has been a nationwide run on bulletproof backpacks.

A company called Bullet Blocker sells those fortified knapsacks for anywhere between $200 and $500. The day after the shooting, the company sold 500 of their bags nationwide, a 30% spike in regular sales on any item.

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The company's owner, Mr Joe Curran, admits that the majority of those backpacks are headed to Florida, but adds that there has been a run on his products all around the US this week.

The backpacks are made with a Kevlar lining, only weighing about 4 1/2 pounds.

A local TV station in Houston put the backpacks to the test, with the help of Mr Jeffrey Kimball, a former police officer and firearms instructor at Arms Room in League City.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bulletproof backpack inserts from SC store draw attention after school shooting <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; The State Newspaper (@thestate) <a href="">February 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In order to simulate body mass, he placed a barrel behind the backpack, took a few steps back and fired at it from about 10 yards away.

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Mr Kimball commented: "This type of plate is rated for pistols, not necessarily rifles. I expected the rifle to defeat this body armour and it did."

At first, he tested it with a 9mm Glock, which the backpack indeed easily stopped. But when using an AR-15 rifle, the same weapon used this week in the Parkland school shooting by Nikolas Cruz, it unfortunately went straight through the backpack.

"This is a type of soft body armour police officers would wear, this is not rifle rated, just like what police wear is not rifle rated."



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