Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

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Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby buckeye43210 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:03 pm

My wife asked an interesting question -- what happens here in Ohio if someone is carrying openly while wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby Brian D. » Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:28 pm

Well, the mask may or may not help stop the spread of Covid. Depends on which expert you ask, and when.
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby Brian D. » Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:30 pm

Oh, were you referring to the firearm?
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby buckeye43210 » Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:34 pm

Brian D. wrote:Oh, were you referring to the firearm?


Ok, wearing a mask in an attempt to pevent the spread of COVID-19...

The firearm may help with social distancing.
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby Gramps » Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:58 pm

buckeye43210 wrote:
Brian D. wrote:Oh, were you referring to the firearm?


Ok, wearing a mask in an attempt to pevent the spread of COVID-19...

The firearm may help with social distancing.


:lol: That is funny!
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby JustaShooter » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:50 pm

There is no law in Ohio (and none in Federal law for that matter) prohibiting wearing a mask while legally carrying a firearm. Matters not if you are openly carrying or carrying concealed (with a CHL of course), it is perfectly legal in Ohio.

(For what it's worth, the only state I know of that does have such a law that does not also have a medical exemption is Illinois)
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby Brian D. » Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:40 pm

I was being a little sarcastic earlier, sorry. As usual JustaShooter came through with the facts.
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby DontTreadOnMe » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:23 pm

Many localities have anti mask laws that make it an additional criminal penalty to wear a mask while committing any crime. These are usually anti KKK laws. They can assemble, but any misdemeanor gets the anti mask penalty taked on.

This potentially matters to gun owners for similar reasons. Didn't see the sign, and you were wearing a mask? For CHL holders: Didn't notify "promptly" and you were wearing a mask, etc.

Would the charge hold up on appeal, given the CDC recommendation? Who knows? Also, who feels like spending all that money it would cost to find out.
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Re: Open Carry While Wearing COVID-19 Mask?

Postby schmieg » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:15 pm

DontTreadOnMe wrote:Many localities have anti mask laws that make it an additional criminal penalty to wear a mask while committing any crime. These are usually anti KKK laws. They can assemble, but any misdemeanor gets the anti mask penalty taked on.

This potentially matters to gun owners for similar reasons. Didn't see the sign, and you were wearing a mask? For CHL holders: Didn't notify "promptly" and you were wearing a mask, etc.

Would the charge hold up on appeal, given the CDC recommendation? Who knows? Also, who feels like spending all that money it would cost to find out.

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