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Wearing masks illegal?

Post by james_smash on Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:01 pm

Check this out.
According to Florida state statute 876.12 if you are over sixteen wearing any device hiding identity of yourself is illegal in any public place.
Be careful and stay safe guys!

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Post by Toaster on Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:43 pm

Guy fawkes might have to sit one out
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Post by Telka on Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:04 am

Naw Toaster. Just put the mask on the back of your head and leave your face exposed Razz

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Post by oinari on Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:48 am

Wow, guess that means the full helmets worn on Motorcycles on public roads are illegal, especially when wearing a face warmer underneath them to keep noses and chins from freezing off in the winter!

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Post by Squeoo on Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:21 am

oinari wrote:Wow, guess that means the full helmets worn on Motorcycles on public roads are illegal, especially when wearing a face warmer underneath them to keep noses and chins from freezing off in the winter!
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Post by nownow on Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:45 am

We just got to stick together and not let the cops get their hands on our fellow protesters.

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Post by james_smash on Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:27 pm

Telka wrote:Naw Toaster. Just put the mask on the back of your head and leave your face exposed Razz
I saw a lot of people doing this @ Hemming Plaza.

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Post by melittophily on Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:32 pm

Just FYI, I'm not sure about the circumstances around Florida's, but a lot of these anti-mask laws came in place to crack down on the Ku Klux Klan, so they were well-intended. It's dated 1951 so that seems about right.

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/1999/summer/unmasking-the-klan

Obviously, it's not enforced against every adult who wears something that conceals their face, and there's a lot a gray areas - they could interpret it to include a bandanna over your face, yet it could be argued that the Guy Fawkes mask is sort of a costume?

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Post by james_smash on Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Completely agreed, but it's better safe than sorry.

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Post by melittophily on Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:00 pm

Oh definitely. There are laws I'd casually break in other circumstances that I would be a lot more careful about during Occupy events (like jaywalking even).

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Post by Toaster on Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:42 am

Telka wrote:Naw Toaster. Just put the mask on the back of your head and leave your face exposed Razz


it may not be the case elsewhere, but i have heard of alot of people in NY doing this and getting busted anyways
now the charges wont hold up if challenged but no one wants to have to sit downtown for 3 hours getting processed
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