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DOJ says bulletproof backpacks are not NIJ certified

WASHINGTON, D.C. - If you've seen any advertisements or promotions regarding a bulletproof backpack you may want to reconsider before making a purchase.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, no "bulletproof" backpack has been tested or certified.

Devin O'Malley, a spokesman for the DOJ, had this to say:

The National Institute of Justice—the research, development, and evaluation agency of the Department of Justice—has never tested nor certified ballistic items, such as backpacks, blankets, or briefcases. Marketing that claims NIJ testing or certification for such products is false.

In the past few days, there had been stories about companies selling ballistic backpacks and mentioning that their products are "NIJ certified".

The only ballistic-resistant product that is certified by the NIJ is body armor, worn by law enforcement, that meet the requirements of NIJ's Compliance Testing Program (CTP), which are listed in the NIJ's Compliant Products List.


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