Arizona residents may want to keep their clothes until Wholesale Halloween Costumes.
A new act, recently proposed by Republican lawmaker Jay Lawrence, will “dress camouflage, in part or in whole, to avoid or evade detection, recognition or identification” in protest and other public events Become a felony.
Offenders may face up to one year’s imprisonment, while anyone who masks property damage may face up to five years.
This is only the latest national effort to combat wearing masks in certain circumstances. Lawrence first announced his plan to introduce the bill in August for the fear of masked thugs.
“Although the right to anonymity is sometimes required in healthy political discourse (think of letters to editors, etc.), there are too many people bent on hiding behind headscarves or masks to intimidate or hide their identity,” said Lawrence Wrote on Facebook at the time.
The Act does provide an exemption for camouflage to be worn for “business-related purposes” or to wear “a part of a garment that is generally considered to be acceptable”, but critics say it is too vague to do so and may result in the arrest of more people wearing clothing Innocent purpose.
Lawrence said the bill is not directed at those types of clothing but at those who deliberately try to evade recognition.
Capitol Media Services, of Arizona, USA, said: “This disguise does not hide the identities of Antifa and other masked people.”
The next Arizona Legislative Council will begin consideration of the bill in January.
Arizona is the latest in a series of nations to push the anti-seepage legislation, with protests in the country taking place after a nationwide violence and property destruction.
Earlier this year, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed a law that makes it illegal to wear masks or other face masks when committing crimes in response to Dakota Channel pipeline protests in Dakota.
Senator Jim Honeyford of Washington introduced a bill in May that would make it illegal to wear a mask to public property, except for religious clothing and other factors. The purpose of the act is “a small group of dangerous people who illegally act under the guise of political protests and hide their identity.”
Opponents of legislative objections think it violates the rights of the protesters’ First Amendment.
“The First Amendment actually protected the right to wear masks in public,” Elizabeth Smith of Washington State University in Washington told The Seattle Times. “Obviously, the motivation is to criminalize the protest.”
Several books have anti-camouflage laws in the book, many of which date back to the early 20th century as a response to the hooded members of the Klu Klux.
Lawmakers in Alabama camouflage events such as carnival and Halloween. In Ohio, it is against the law to commit misdemeanor in disguise by two or more people.