If you have a fondness for dressing up in some type of military outfit, then you might want to avoid the city of Walnut in the future, as officials are considering an ordinance that would make it illegal to wear a fake military uniform or insignia on public property. If caught, under the terms of the proposed law, offenders could be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. The ordinance would bar anyone who hasn’t served from wearing such a uniform of the U.S. Government.
City Councilman Tom King is a chief proponent of the law and he has criticized those who dress up in fake military garb, especially those who have not served and yet have taken part in 9/11 ceremonies. The Valley Tribune reports:
“King was returning from his weekend service in the California military reserve when he saw a 50-year-old man wearing ribbons from World War II and the Spanish American War at Creekside Park and taking part in the ceremony for ‘9/11 heroes.’ He said the real heroes - either first responders or members of the military - should be honored at such ceremonies.”
It’s worth noting that several months ago in Temple City, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office found an immigration scam that utilized fake military uniforms. A Chinese national preyed on around 100 Chinese nationals as part of an immigration scam that charged recruits between $300 and $450, along with renewal fees of $120 each year. Recruits were lured in with the promise of a path to citizenship, despite the unit being entirely phony. The military uniforms and documents that recruits were provided were described as looking “official.” The unit must have looked professional enough, as it even appeared at one point in a parade in Monterey Park.