Search Results | Clear Search | Previous (in doc) | Next (in doc) | Prev Doc | Next Doc
B.C. Reg. 203/2010
O.C. 466/2010
Deposited June 25, 2010
effective July 1, 2010

Body Armour Control Act

Body Armour Control Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

Contents
1Definition and interpretation
2Exemptions
3Discretionary exemptions
4Exemption conditions
5Applying for a body armour permit
6Prescribed checks
7Maximum term
8Identification requirements
9Fees
10Offences
11Administrative penalties

Definition and interpretation

1  (1) In this regulation, "Act" means the Body Armour Control Act.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (b) of the definition of "body armour" in section 1 of the Act, the following garments and items are prescribed as body armour:

(a) a garment or item designed, intended or adapted for the purpose of protecting the body from puncture or stab wounds intended to be inflicted by another person:

(b) panels or plates that

(i) protect the body from projectiles discharged from a firearm or puncture or stab wounds, and

(ii) are designed to be inserted into pockets of vests, jackets or other garments to create or enhance body armour.

Exemptions

2  (1) Section 2 (2) of the Act does not apply to a person described in section 2 (3) (a) or (b) of the Act when the person is not in the course of employment for the period during which the person holds a licence referred to, and is employed to perform work described, in section 2 (3) (a) or (b) of the Act.

(2) For the purposes of section 2 (3) (c) of the Act, section 2 (2) of the Act does not apply to a person for the period during which the person

(a) is employed as a peace officer,

(b) is employed by the government, a government corporation, as defined in the Financial Administration Act, the government of Canada or a local authority, if wearing body armour is required or allowed in the course of the person's employment,

(c) is employed as a security guard at a gaming facility, as defined in the Gaming Control Act, and registered as a gaming worker under that Act, or

(d) is an individual who holds a valid licence issued under the Firearms Act (Canada) authorizing the individual to acquire or possess a firearm.

Discretionary exemptions

3  (1) Despite any provision of the Act but subject to subsection (5) of this section, the registrar may exempt a person from section 2 (2) of the Act for a period not exceeding 90 days if the registrar is satisfied that

(a) the person does not reside in British Columbia, and

(b) the nature of the person's proposed activities in British Columbia make it desirable that the person possess body armour.

(2) Despite any provision of the Act, but subject to subsection (5), the registrar may exempt a person from section 2 (2) of the Act for a period not exceeding 90 days if the registrar is satisfied that because of an imminent risk to the person's safety, it is desirable that the person be authorized to possess body armour.

(3) A person may request an exemption under subsection (1) by providing the following information in the form specified by the registrar:

(a) particulars respecting the person's identity, including name, date and place of birth, gender and citizenship or residence status and the person's permanent residence address, telephone number and email address, if any;

(b) temporary address in British Columbia;

(c) proposed activities in British Columbia in relation to which the person requests the exemption.

(4) A person may request an exemption under subsection (2) by providing the following information in the form specified by the registrar:

(a) particulars respecting the person's identity, including name, date and place of birth, gender and citizenship or residence status and the person's permanent residence address, telephone number and email address, if any;

(b) documented evidence, satisfactory to the registrar, of the imminent risk to the person's safety.

(5) The registrar must hold a hearing before refusing to grant an exemption under subsection (1) or (2) and must provide written reasons for the refusal.

(6) The registrar must provide a person granted an exemption under subsection (1) or (2) with written evidence of the exemption setting out the period of the exemption.

(7) On application, the registrar may extend an exemption under this section for additional periods not exceeding 90 days each.

Exemption conditions

4  (1) A person who is exempt from the requirement to hold a body armour permit must provide to a vendor from which the person is purchasing body armour, and allow the vendor to retain, the following information:

(a) the full name, residential address and telephone number of the exempt person;

(b) if exempt under section 2 (1), the exempt person's security worker licence or security business licence, as applicable;

(c) if exempt under section 2 (2) (a), the name and address of the peace officer's employer and the peace officer's badge;

(d) if exempt under section 2 (2) (b), the name and address of the employer and the signed statement of the employer, or a person on behalf of the employer, that the exempt person is required or authorized to wear body armour in the course of their employment, or a copy of that signed statement;

(e) if exempt under section 2 (2) (c), the name and address of the employer and the card number of the gaming worker's official identification card;

(f) if exempt under section 2 (2) (d), the licence number of the licence issued to the person under the Firearms Act (Canada);

(g) if exempt under section 3, a copy of the written evidence referred to in section 3 (6).

(2) A person who is exempt from the requirement to hold a body armour permit must provide to a vendor from which the person is purchasing body armour a piece of identification that displays a photograph of the exempt person.

(3) On the request of a peace officer or inspector, a person who is exempt from the requirement to hold a body armour permit and has body armour in his or her possession must give the peace officer or inspector the information, and show the peace officer or inspector the documents, referred to in subsection (1) (b), (c), (d), (e), or (f) in respect of the person's exemption.

Applying for a body armour permit

5  An applicant for a body armour permit must provide the registrar with all the following information or records, as applicable:

(a) particulars respecting the applicant's identity and location, including name, date and place of birth, gender, citizenship or residence status, address, telephone number and email address, if any;

(b) particulars respecting the applicant's physical appearance, including hair colour, eye colour, weight and height;

(c) a recent photograph of the applicant;

(d) particulars respecting any unresolved charge, or conviction entered, against the applicant for a crime;

(e) whether the applicant holds or has previously held a body armour permit;

(f) particulars of the reason the applicant needs to possess body armour and, if the reasons relate to the applicant's employment, the name of the employer, the employer's address and the applicant's position with the employer.

Prescribed checks

6  For the purposes of section 4 (2) (b) of the Act, the registrar must carry out the following checks in respect of an applicant for a new body armour permit or the renewal of a body armour permit:

(a) a criminal record check;

(b) a police information check;

(c) a correctional service information check.

Maximum term

7  For the purposes of section 6 (1) of the Act, the registrar may issue or renew a body armour permit for a term not exceeding 5 years.

Identification requirements

8  A person who purchases body armour must show the security business licensee or security worker licensee from whom the purchase is made current identification that displays a photograph of the purchaser.

Fees

9  For the purposes of section 4 (2) (c) of the Act, the fee

(a) for a body armour permit for a term of up to 5 years is $90, and

(b) for the renewal of a body armour permit for a term of up to 5 years is $45.

Offences

10  (1) A person who contravenes section 4 (2) commits an offence.

(2) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable on conviction to the penalties set out in section 14 (1) of the Act.

Administrative penalties

11  Section 8 (3) of the Act is prescribed for the purposes of section 12 (4) of the Act.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Body Armour Control Act, S.B.C. 2009, c. 24, section 22]