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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
RNC War on Guns?
Ohio is an open carry state, but Republicans who support the right to bear arms- a strong majority of the GOP- will be unable to carry at the Republican National Convention. As CNN reports:
A petition to allow firearms inside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland has collected more than 22,000 signatures as of Saturday afternoon."Though Ohio is an open carry state, which allows for the open carry of guns, the hosting venue — the Quicken Loans Arena — strictly forbids the carry of firearms on their premises," the petition says.The petition's author, who is identified as "N A," asks the three remaining GOP candidates to ask the Republican National Committee to advocate for changes to this policy.
"In order to ensure the safety of your supporters, delegates and all attendees at the convention in July, you must call upon the RNC to rectify this affront to our Second Amendment freedoms and insist upon a suspension of the Quicken Loans Arena's unconstitutional 'gun-free zone' loophole," the petition reads.
The petition says Cleveland is a violent city and cites the threat of terrorism and all three Republican candidates' opposition to gun-free zones as reasons why attendees should be allowed to carry inside the arena.
This is all very true. Although Quicken Loans Arena is a private venue, the fact of the matter is Cleveland is a dangerous city, and RNC attendees who are forced to disarm may be prime targets for criminals. Moreover, this is a massive event. The RNC should use its considerable weight to seek accommodation for its attendees.
We've attached a petition, in addition to the petition attached to the CNN piece we've linked. We encourage you to sign both and let the RNC know how you feel.