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Sales soar for kid's bulletproof backpacks

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Demand for a Utah company's bulletproof backpacks skyrocketed in the aftermath of the Connecticut elementary school shooting.

The backpacks are lined with a light material that can stop handgun rounds and made by a company called Amendment II.

The company's chief operating officer Rich Brand, says the backpacks are excellent for little boys.

The company makes most of its money off of lightweight ballistic vests for police officers and soldiers.

"The concept came up as things happened at schools; children need protection as well," Brand said.

The company says it used to only sell a small amount of children's body armor and backpacks at gun shows.

But ever since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, sales have skyrocketed with people looking for ways, however unconventional, to protect their children.

"Our armor was being bought to protect people, the preppers, is the term. At this point, it's transcended to everyone. Anyone who's sending out a child into the world, seeing what can happen now, they want to protect their children," Brand said.

The backpacks retail from $150 to $300.

The company says it's seen a worldwide demand for its products, including child-sized body armor, so much so their website has crashed several times.

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