A Los Angeles police advocacy group vowed to work to reverse an appeals court's decision to allow violent felons to own body armor, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The court, on Thursday, had overturned a 1998 ban passed by the state Legislature after the 1997 North Hollywood Bank Robbery.

Paul Weber, president of the the Los Angeles Police Protective League officer's union, said the decision will "make criminals more bold and more likely to shoot it out with the police."

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