To protect the Nation's law enforcement officers by banning the Five- seveN Pistol and 5.7 x 28mm SS190, SS192, SS195LF, SS196, and SS197 cartridges, testing handguns and ammunition for capability to penetrate body armor, and prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale, or purchase of such handguns or ammunition by civilians.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Protect Law Enforcement Armor Act'' or the ``PLEA Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) Law enforcement is facing a threat from handguns and accompanying ammunition, which are designed to penetrate police body armor, being marketed and sold to civilians. (2) A Five-seveN Pistol and accompanying ammunition, manufactured by FN Herstal of Belgium as the ``5.7 x 28 mm System'', has recently been recovered by law enforcement on the streets. The Five-seveN Pistol is legally available for purchase by civilians under current law. (3) The Five-seveN Pistol is capable of penetrating level IIA armor. The manufacturer advertises that ammunition fired from the Five-seveN will perforate 48 layers of Kevlar up to 200 meters and that the ammunition travels at 2,100 feet per second. (4) The Five-seveN Pistol, and similar handguns designed to use ammunition capable of penetrating body armor, pose a devastating threat to law enforcement. (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to protect the Nation's law enforcement officers by-- (1) testing handguns and...