Use of Masks for CCP Holders – FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY
The information contained in this document does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. This information is being shared solely to provide you with information you may use to make your own decisions.
Following Governor Cooper’s recent announcement (EO147 Phase 2 Extension), we received several inquiries from Members who are Concealed Carry Permit holders and concerned that using a mask while carrying concealed may be considered a crime. Below, you will find references to a couple of statutes and links you may find helpful.
Both NC and SC laws, which prohibit individuals from concealing their identity, have valid Exemptions which will remain in effect as long as the Executive Orders. These Exemptions clarify the use of the mask is for safety, and not for concealing one’s identity.
According to NC General Statute 14-12.11, individuals may wear masks “for the purpose of ensuring the physical safety of the wearer..” or where “permission shall have been first obtained.. from the governing body of the municipality..“
Similarly, according to SC Code Section 16-7-130, individuals may wear masks “for the purpose of ensuring the physical safety of the wearer..” or “in an emergency.“
South Carolina, as of the issuance of EO2020-40, has not published a state-wide order regarding the use of masks. SC cities are taking those decisions independently, so it remains important that you understand your local laws, policies, and published Executive Orders.
Again, this information is not intended to serve as legal advice. It is for general informational purposes only. Please remember that, as a CCP holder, YOU are responsible to understand and abide by applicable laws.
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