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Ohio Company Sees Increased Demand For Bulletproof Backpack Inserts

A bulletproof backpack insert developed by Stow-based Shotstop Ballistics.
Shotstop Ballistics
A bulletproof backpack insert developed by Stow-based Shotstop Ballistics.

An Akron-area company that produces ballistic armor has seen a large increase in interest in a bulletproof insert for backpacks.

Shotstop Ballistics is getting a lot of questions about BallisticBoard and sales are up following recent school shootings. The company has seen 100 to 200 percent increase in orders following the Florida school shooting on February 14, Shotstop Ballistics marking director Matt White told News 5 in Cleveland.

The shields cost $110 each. White says his son carries one.

“It sucks that he has to have it, and that it’s even something we have to consider. As a company... it’s not something that we had planned on producing," White says.

White says the company is "certainly not trying to capitalize on something like this. ... But on the flip side of that is knowing the world that we do live in, I am much more confident knowing that, that he does have it.”

The plates are rated to stop bullets from handguns and lighter-strength rifles, but cannot stop gunfire from a higher-powered rifles like an AR-15.

Cameron Gorman is a junior journalism major at Kent State. In student media, she has worked for the Kent Stater, The Burr and Transitions. She has also interned for WKYC, Cleveland Magazine and the Akron Beacon Journal.