Philly Lawmaker Moves To Ban Bulletproof Glass In Businesses

A Philadelphia lawmaker wants to ban bulletproof glass at convenience stores in the city.

Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia councilwoman Cindy Bass has introduced a controversial bill that would require business owners to take down any bulletproof glass they have in their businesses, and not allow future installation.

The bill, known as the Stop and Go bill, is moving through city hall, and reads "No establishment shall erect or maintain a physical barrier."

Broad Deli is a local business on the corner of the 2200 block of North Broad. It has a wall of bulletproof glass separating its employees from customers.

"The most important thing is safety and the public's safety," Rich Kim, the owner of Broad Deli, told WTXF. His family has run the deli, which sells soda, snacks, meals, and beer by the can, for 20 years.

Kim said that he had the bulletproof glass installed after a shooting, and that it saved his mother-in-law from a knife attack.

"If the glass comes down, the crime rate will rise and there will be lots of dead bodies," he said.

Bass was more concerned about customer’s feelings, and said her constituents shouldn’t have to suffer the indignity of shopping through bulletproof glass.

She said that she is trying to put some type of control on these small stores, which she claimed sell booze, very little food, and caused a lot of trouble in her district.

"Right now, the Plexiglas has to come down,” she said.

Kim disagreed with Bass's characterization of businesses like the one he owns, and said when he called police about people loitering, the response time was usually slow.

He said he believed that he was being targeted as a Korean-American. Business owner Mike Choe agreed with him.

Choe, who runs a non-profit that supports Korean-owned businesses, said that he planned to raise $100,000 to fight the bill.

"I do think it's a bad bill that will endanger Korean Americans,” he said.

Bass said that she is fighting for her constituents.

Choe responded to Bass, and said the “bill targets Korean Americans."

Bass denied Choe’s allegation.

"Absolutely not. I find that offensive,” Bass said.

Do you think business owners should have the right to choose whether they want to install bulletproof glass in their businesses to protect employees? Tell us what you think in the comments below!


It is transparent who she is pandering to. The uncivilized and criminal "constituency".

And when the crime rate skyrockets, it will be everyone ELSE'S fault.

She sees the people in her district by purely color lines. If you don’t look like her you are out to get anyone who does. So a hard working group of people are seen as a problem because of bulletproof glass. Why does this bother anyone? If the owner decided to paint his store in green and purple stripes that is his choice. If I hate green and purple I could buy my Pringles somewhere else. One is no more a decorative choice than another.


Well, of course. Bullet proof glass is racist.


Maybe she should go work at these places after they remove the bulletproof glass! Maybe she should tell her those criminal constituents to not be criminals and the businesses they frequently rob and attack would not need the bulletproof glass. I am sorry that there are law abiding citizens that feel bad about shopping places with bulletproof glass but I am sure they understand, I know in SoCal I understood why there was bulletproof glass at many businesses.

There is a solution to convenience store robberies. Of course the dim witted council woman would not like this method either.

Sheriff Tommy Robinson of Little Rock AR. Came up with a solution after a series of violent robberies. He went on Television where he announced a program of putting armed deputies in stores with orders to shoot to kill any robbers. Each store had a sign stating an armed deputy with orders to shoot any robber might be on the premises. After a couple of robbers where killed the robberies stopped.

It seems about two years ago someone gave the liberals the OK to go full bore, public insanity. Things are better with them in the open, so I hope they keep it up.

People need to protect their families!

it protects store owners.. it's ridiculous to ask them to take it down it's used to protect them. This is so stupid I hope it does not pass!!

How brain dead do you have to be to believe removing the glass is a good idea? I am so sick of liberals and their ridiculous ideas.

What was this idiot smoking when she came up with this braindead idea??

First, liberal idiots want all areas to gun free zones. Now, this one wants to spread the available areas of victimization to those who are protecting themselves with bulletproof options. Will the Moronification of America never end??

What do I think? Liberals are emotional wrecks, at this rate by 2025 I think the nut houses will be full of them. I don't get this BS, petty bills regarding bullet proof windows, gender neutral etc etc etc. Why don't they leave this country and live on island where everything is rainbow colors . Utopia they want so build it some where we don't have to live in it.

Talk about Government overreach! Do you think she would allow the citizens to uninstall any alarms she may have at her house. If this bill passes, the blood of any employees hurt as a result of this bill wil be on her hands. She haas NO RIGHT to tell businesses how to protect their employees as long as they do it legally and it doesnt PHYSICALLY hurt anybody else and even then its should be done on a case by case basis. She needs to get her head out of her ASS.

No problem! Have the glass taken down, temporarily. Have the esteemed Ms Bass work graveyard shifts in that store for a week. Advertise in the local rag that her wonderful idea is being tested there. She what she thinks of that, stupid flake!

will their be follow up legislation punishing store owners who close up and go elsewhere?

Typical socialist: blame the victim. But keep in mind, a person cannot climb the socialist power ladder with out being a good lair. just look at all their literature, read Saul Alinsky ,Rules for Radicals. You have to ask your self at some point,if socialism is so good why doesn't it win on it's own merits? ... and read all of Lenin. "The truth is at the service of the party"

Is it just me, or does this brain trust remind anyone as the female counterpart to Hank Johnson.

It's their business. If they feel the need to protect themselves, that is their choice. I'm offended by Bass's stupidity!! You would think that someone in her position would have a little more common sense!!