"I fully support freedom of speech, but when you start concealing your identity, that is a precursor for criminal activity," Jones said in a Facebook post. "I think enacting this law will be a deterrent to those contemplating committing a crime."
Jones said the law should have several exceptions, including children under 16 years old, those who cover their faces or heads because of their religious beliefs, anyone celebrating holidays, taking part in theater productions or masquerade balls, and people protecting their faces against the weather.
In a letter to state Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, Jones said Alabama, Michigan and New York are among the other states with similar laws.
The violation should be classified as a low-level felony, Jones said.
Anti-mask laws have faced legal challenges over the years: New York's law has been upheld for more than a century, while California's broad mask ban was overturned. According to the New York Times, California subsequently passed a much narrower ban, similar to Ohio's existing law.