A recently filed bill would amend one of three exiting Oklahoma statutes dealing with masks, robes or other disguises.
SB0013, filed by Sen. Don Barrington, makes using masks, robes or other disguises in public places unlawful, amending statute 21-1301, and would expand the exemptions covered by the statute.
The current law prohibits the use of "a mask, hood or covering, which conceals the identity of the wearer during a commission of a crime or for the purpose of coercion, intimidation or harassment.”
Barrington’s proposed adds “to intentionally conceal his or her identity in a public place by means of a robe, mask, or other disguise.”
“I think it’s important for public safety standpoint and for the approachability of public places like the state capitol,” said Barrington, R-Lawton. “A lot of activities that are going on and it’s necessary to give our citizens some assurance that we’re aware of some things and trying to prevent vicious activity.”
Barrington said he did receive some input from law enforcement to ensure that a law could be enforced. These actions with vicious intent, he said, should have consequences. The existing statute requires violation of this law to result in a fine of between $50 and $500 or incarceration for up to one year.