News 4 Jax in Jacksonville, Florida interviews Byrna's Director of Law Enforcement Josh Schirard about the Byrna Shield Backpack Armor and Ballistipac and how it's bullet-resistant features have become a major focus of parents who are preparing their kids for the upcoming school year,
"Ballistic backpack company says it’s received many inquiries ahead of school year
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As parents prepare their children for the start of the school year, safety is obviously a major concern.
And after the tragic events that unfolded during the spring in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 21 people at an elementary school, Byrna Technologies says it’s received many inquiries and orders for ballistic backpacks and insertable shields.
Joshua Schirard is a former Texas police officer who now trains law enforcement and private security while also representing Byrna.
'The Byrna Shield is a backpack-insertable body armor, so it’s super thin, very lightweight, weighs less than a pound for (one) particular configuration,” Schirard said.
The shield has a level IIIA ballistic rating, which means it can stop bullets from every handgun caliber up to a .44 magnum. Inside the shield are engineered flexible fibers that are layered on top of each other – similar to Kevlar.'"