As the Republican Convention ramps up today in Cleveland, all eyes are on guns. Ohio is an open-carry state, and there is nothing the state government can do to prevent the lawful carry of handguns.
But the police shootings of the last two weeks have changed the game, and the local police union is calling for a suspension of the open-carry statute for the duration of the convention.
“Our intent is to follow the law. And if the law says you can have open carry, that’s what it says. Whether I agree with it or not is another issue,” Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said.
“There are certain things that go along with open carry that that person has to do,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams added. “You can’t menace people, you can’t brandish your weapon.”
Stephen Loomis, who is president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, doesn’t think that’s enough. He told CNN:
“We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point. They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.”
So far, the law stands. Yet there is a long list of things you can’t carry into the 1.7 square-mile “event zone” surrounding the Republican National Convention.
The U.S Secret Service, which is securing a tighter “secure zone,” inside the Quicken Loans Arena are banning all guns.
Here’s Cleveland’s list of things that are prohibited from the event zone:
Lumber larger than 2 inches in width and 1/4 of an inch thick, including supports for signs
Metal, plastic, or other hard material larger than 3/4 quarters thick and 1/8 of an inch in wall thickness including pipe and tubing
Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
Containers of bodily fluids
Pepper Spray and other chemical irritants
Knives having a blade 2.5 inches in length or longer
Umbrellas with metal tips
Strappings in lengths greater than 6 feet
Wires in lengths greater than 6 feet
Strings in lengths greater than 6 feet
Lines in lengths greater than 6 feet
Tapes in lengths greater than 6 feet
Ropes in lengths greater than 6 feet
Chains in lengths greater than 6 feet
Cables in lengths greater than 6 feet
Sound amplification equipment
Bicycle locking devices
Backpacks and bags exceeding the size of 18″ x 13″ x 7″
Non-plastic containers, bottles, cans, or thermoses
I’m sorry to say that this well prepared family is completely screwed. Looks like the educational opportunity that could have molded future leaders won’t happen for these poorly informed kids. Maybe they’ll read up on the go/no-go lists before packing in 2020.