OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. — Hoodies may be a popular clothing item, but wearing one in Oklahoma could be illegal.
Republican State Senator, Don Barrington, proposed a bill that would make it illegal for people to wear clothing that hides their identities in public — like hooded sweatshirts. Violators could face a fine of up to $500. Barrington says it’s all to help deter crime and protect victims of robbery.
Believe it or not, there are already laws in Oklahoma regarding hoodies.
“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,” said Attorney James Siderias.
The proposed bill is an amendment to that law. As with any rule, there are a few exceptions. The amendment wouldn’t apply to people dressing up for Halloween, masquerade parties or parades.
People who cover their faces up because of religious beliefs, safety or medical reasons, or for protection from the weather would be exempt, also.