Louisiana gun shop owner is donating hundreds of bullet proof vests to local law enforcement

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Bayou Gunslinger gun shop owner Brandon Cavin helped outfit hundreds of law enforcement officers last year with rifle-rated body armor. (Photo: WBRZ-TV)

A gun shop owner outside Baton Rouge is gearing up to donate hundreds of bullet proof vests to law enforcement officers this year.

Brandon Cavin, owner of Bayou Gunslinger in Denham Springs, Louisiana, said he’s planning on topping the 700 vests he donated last year, according to WBRZ.

Cavin said he started the effort in the wake of last year’s ambush on several police officers in The Capital City. Three officers died in that incident, and three others were injured.

“Up until that point, I believed our law enforcement never needed rifle-rated vests,” Cavid said. “The threat wasn’t that serious.”

But the deadly ambush changed Cavin’s mind, and he formed the Armor for Officers foundation, with the goal of providing rifle-rated vests for officers. People donate guns and other items, and Cavin auctions them off.

“They’ll come in and say I don’t have the money, but look, I have this shotgun, and we’ll take that shotgun on the page, and auction it off,” he said.

Three police departments were equipped with new vests last year. But Cavin isn’t done yet.

“Although we have already supplied a few departments with this armor, there are still several more local departments that need it,” says a Facebook event page for an auction happening next month.

“A hundred percent of the proceeds, all of it goes to Armor for Officers,” said Cavin.