Wearing a hoodie in public may become illegal in Oklahoma ‘to prevent criminals from hiding their identity’

Oklahoma residents fear that hooded sweatshirts may soon be illegal to wear in public.

There is currently a law banning wearing hoods while committing crimes that’s been around since the 1920s but an amendment proposed by Senator Don Barrington may make wearing them illegal in public altogether.

Oklahomans who wear a hood in public may be forced to fork over a $500 fine.

KFOR reports that a law banning hoods was originally written to help fight Klux-Klux-Klan associated crimes.

Barrington states he believes wearing a hood aids in all types of crimes and seeks to pass the amendment to protect the community…

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  • DMB

    Oklahoma did instigate in 2010 a ban on sharia law which was overwhelmingly approved by voters. That would have included the hijab. However a federal judge overruled the ban as unconstitutional due to CAIR challenging that. This would be consistent with the people of Oklahoma who dislike people going around in public covering up their faces. I highly doubt that CAIR will challenge this ban on wearing hoods particularly while committing crimes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_on_sharia_law

    • Alain

      The work of outrageous judicial activists, since there is absolutely nothing in the American Constitution that protects sharia law; Muslim women hiding their faces. Since banning hoodies does not directly affect Muslims (favourites of the White House), the court probably won’t have a problem. Unless of course hoodies are considered black culture, and then the ruling changes.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Good!

  • Ed

    Just cleverly disguised islamophobia…

  • Xavier

    CAIR protests in 3-2-1.

  • Blacksmith

    Okay I don’t like people wearing hoodies all the time but I wear them on occasion when It is really cold and I want the wind off the back of my neck. I think it is a bit of a slippery slope, Banning certain types of clothing could lead to some real totalitarian type of crap. How about they update the law from the 20’s to if you are caught committing a crime while wearing a hoodie then you have your choice of life on a chain gang or a bullet to the head.

    • Xavier

      That’s the problem with a free and equal society – the bad apples ruin it for everyone. But just like offensive free speech, it’s the price you pay for liberty.

    • Alain

      The reason they don’t is that that would be too simple. It is the same for guns. Instead of giving an appropriate sentence/punishment to anyone committing a crime using a gun or actually any other weapon, the “elites” and chattering class want more gun control. It reminds me of some bad teachers I once had who instead of punishing the guilty kid or kids punished the whole class.

    • Frau Katze

      Although I no longer live in a cold climate, I can remember going through cold winters elsewhere. I guess Oklahoma isn’t that cold. Parkas with hoods were essential in the Yukon, for example.

      • Canadian

        Still essential in Qc today!

    • Maggat

      I think your suggestion does have merit.

  • tom_billesley

    Dzokhar in Times Square. He won’t be able to wear one in the dock.

  • Justus Iselusive

    It is the criminals that are using hoodies to hide their appearance, it is not the law abiding citizens. once you enter a store/convenience store/restaurant etc… why do you need to have it up? It is not just black people that wear hoodies, EVERY race wears them. I wear them. I pull it down when I go in a store. When it’s raining out and I use an umbrella, I don’t leave it open walking thru the store or restaurant, I close it.

    I don’t think they should be banned outside, in the weather and such, but when you enter a place of business, you should pull it down, unless you have a reason to be wanting to hide your appearance. I would say the same exact thing if it were cowboy hats, if they started tipping it down so you could not see their face, it needs to be removed.

    Too many people are being robbed, beaten, raped and murdered by people obscuring their face with a hoodie.