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Bulletproof backpacks put to the test

Updated: Jun 15, 2018

February 26, 2018 By Robert Lowe

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —After the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida in which 17 people were killed, the debate over gun control and gun safety, and especially about how to protect our children, is taking center stage.

One local company told WESH 2 News it plans to be part of the solution.

At an industrial park on Sanford’s west side, you can find Yasir Sheikh.

He’s the president of Guard Dog Security, a company that created so-called bulletproof backpacks aimed at protecting children.

A father of two, Sheikh came up with the idea shortly after the Sandy Hook school shooting.

“We felt like there was going to be a continuous need for this type of product,” Sheikh said.

And there is.

Just two months into 2018, eight school shootings have already taken place.

“They’re protected against 9 mm and .44 Magnum,” Sheikh said. “If you have your back against the shooter, pull it over your head. Cover your back and vital organs. If you’re up against a shooter, put in front of your head, and protect those vital organs.

But are these backpacks truly bulletproof?

Deputy Post is putting that question to the test at the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office shooting range.

“You can feel it in there. It is definitely going to stop a 9 mm, no problem,” Post said.

While the backpacks do protect against some lower-caliber weapons, they won’t hold up against a high-velocity rife, such as the AR-15 used by the Parkland school shooter.

Despite that, sales of the backpacks have surged 150 percent since the massacre.

Every backpack online is sold out, which is not surprising to Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

Chitwood said the numbers are proof that parents will try to do anything and everything to safeguard students.