NC Senate Approves Bill Criminalizing Wearing Masks

Courthouse News reports:

The North Carolina Senate Wednesday passed a bill rolling back protections for mask-wearers despite concerns that it would criminalize wearing masks, even for health reasons, in public. The bill, House Bill 237, eliminates a provision passed after the start of the Covid pandemic that explicitly allowed the public to wear masks for health reasons.

Various exceptions exist, including masks for costumes and celebrations. But lawmakers are working to specify penalties against people who are using masks to hide their identities while committing crimes, and target protesters who are causing traffic issues with sit-ins on highways.

Republican Senator Buck Newton, the bill’s sponsor, told reporters that he believes some people are abusing the normalization of masks to hide their identities.

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Screw the immuno-compromised, right? And don’t expect this law to be used against the Proud Boys or Patriot Front.

Sen. Buck Newton, not incidentally, first appeared here in 2016 when as state attorney general nominee, he spoke at a hate group rally, declaring, “Go home, tell your friends and family who had to work today what this is all about and how hard we must fight to keep our state straight.”