Public Ban on Hoodies?
OKGOP State Senator Proposes Ban on Hoodies in public places.
Republican State Senator Don Barrington has authored a bill to make it unlawful to wear masks and hooded sweatshirts in public places. The bill states that if you wear a hood with the intention of committing a crime, you should be fined up to $500 or sentenced to up to one year in jail.
Here is another example of a “limited government” Republican pushing their agenda on the people of Oklahoma. Similar laws are already in effect in other states including Florida, California, New York and Washington DC.
Those that favor the measure state that it would help deter crime by preventing people from hiding their identity in public spaces. Shouldn’t people have the freedom to conceal their public identity if they wish? Wear a costume? Celebrate Mardi Gras? Of course they should. The only thing that is “limited” about the OKGOP is their ideals of freedom.
As the party for truly limited government, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party strongly opposes this measure as a restriction of our First Amendment Rights and the people’s right to free expression.
Furthermore, these types of bans would intensify problems with racial profiling.
The Oklahoma Libertarian Party advocates for a reduction of government intrusion and promotes individual liberty for all. We call to account Senator Don Barrington and any legislator that misleads the people by claiming to promote limited government while imposing authoritarian measures such as these that deny that individual liberty.
Any attempts to legislate clothing styles or types, should be seen as an overreach of government authority and a blatant attempt at disregarding the principles of freedom.