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May be illegal to conceal identity in public in Oklahoma. (hoodie/face covers/heat masks)

Posted by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 10:57 AM
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New Oklahoma amendment would outlaw hoodies, prohibit people from covering their faces in public
Leslie Rangel, KFOR via CNN Wire

It's already illegal to wear such clothing during the commission of a crime.

But a Republican state senator has introduced an amendment to ban people from hiding their identity in public in general.

That proposal is drawing mixed reactions.

"If somebody is out running, especially in this kind of weather, where it's cold, drizzly, you might be inclined to wear your hoodie while you're at Lake Hefner," says attorney James Siderias.

There are already laws in Oklahoma preventing hoodies during a crime.

"21 OS 13 01 has always made it a crime to wear a hoodie or some sort of disguise during the commission of criminal offense," Siderias says.

Now, a proposal for an amendment to that law could make it illegal to hide your identity in any public place.

The fine for your fashion crime - $500!

"I think this is a violation of an individual's right to chose what they want to wear as long as it doesn't violate the realm of public decency and moral values, and I think that this could be very problematic," Siderias says.

Senator Don Barrigton authored the amendment.

He says they want to help victims of robberies, "Oklahoma businesses want state leaders to be responsive to their safety concerns, and this is one way we can provide protection."

"I think the legislature is just trying to make Oklahoma a little bit safer, and in doing so, I think they just over-reached a little bit," Siderias says.

Hooded sweatshirt owner Tracy Wehagen said, "They might have personal issues for keeping them on, they might have a bad hair day or maybe they have cancer or their losing their hair, you just don't know why."

Another hoodie owner said, "I don't think that solution will work, I just think that will cause a little more tension within the community, it probably will be a reason for cops to mess with more people wearing hoodies."

The amendment does provide exceptions to the rule.

It would not apply to people dressing up for halloween, masquerade parties or parades.

People required to cover their faces because of religious beliefs as well as people who have to cover their faces for safety or medical purposes or for protection from the weather would also be exempt.
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_mimimosley_
by Ruby Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 10:58 AM
$50-$500 misdemeanor fine if you do.
FoxFire363
by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:08 AM
It is so stupid that an item of clothing has become so controversial. And of all of the things to waste legislative time on, this is about the most ridiculous.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:09 AM

lol outlawing hoodies, what's next?

_mimimosley_
by Ruby Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:11 AM
I agree.

Quoting FoxFire363: It is so stupid that an item of clothing has become so controversial. And of all of the things to waste legislative time on, this is about the most ridiculous.
RogoishMom
by Silver Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:16 AM

I live in Tulsa and just heard about this on the radio this morning. Ski masks, MAYBE but a hoodie?!?! That is crazy! I love this town but the things the politicians have been doing lately is so frustrating and ridiculous! 

RogoishMom
by Silver Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:18 AM

I mean  I can kind of understand ski masks and why they would consider this. But I still don't think that you can tell someone what to wear.

d_k_w
by Gold Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:20 AM

 Wow this is crazy. I wear my hoodie everyday while I am waiting for the train which I take to work. I would be getting fined a lot if I lived there.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:24 AM
I live in Tulsa too and when I heard this I just rolled my eyes and started training the dog to walk herself and called into wirj since I would t be able to go outside anymore

Quoting RogoishMom:

I live in Tulsa and just heard about this on the radio this morning. Ski masks, MAYBE but a hoodie?!?! That is crazy! I love this town but the things the politicians have been doing lately is so frustrating and ridiculous! 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:29 AM

All this does is punish law abiding citizens. Criminals will still wear disguises while committing crimes, while people protecting their hair and ears from the cold and rain will be punished. And heaven forbid you go out on a sunny day wearing a hat and sunglasses!

RogoishMom
by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2015 at 12:21 PM

LOL! "and in recent news... unemployment is at an all time high in Oklahoma because no one knows what to wear any more!"

Quoting Anonymous 2: I live in Tulsa too and when I heard this I just rolled my eyes and started training the dog to walk herself and called into wirj since I would t be able to go outside anymore
Quoting RogoishMom:

I live in Tulsa and just heard about this on the radio this morning. Ski masks, MAYBE but a hoodie?!?! That is crazy! I love this town but the things the politicians have been doing lately is so frustrating and ridiculous! 


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