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US state bans clown costumes for Halloween

US state bans clown costumes for HalloweenNo jokes: creepy clowns banned in Mississippi, AF.

A Mississippi county this week banned people from wearing any clown costume, mask or makeup in public. The local law carries a $150 penalty, and it will be lifted November 1.

The Kemper County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to ban clown attributes.

Supervisors' president Johnny Whitsett says it's a matter of public safety because people could react badly if they get scared by a clown in their yard.

The county along the Alabama line has a population of about 10,000.

Lee Rowland, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney in New York, says the First Amendment protects most clothing choices. She also says it's "a ridiculous use of government authority .... to dictate which Halloween costumes people can wear."
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