With July’s Republican National Convention fast approaching, several Republican voters started a petition calling for open-carry to be permitted at the convention, receiving more than 45,000 signatures.
On Monday, the Secret Service refused such claims, saying that open-carry would not be permitted at the convention.
“Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site,” agency spokesman Robert Hoback said in a statement.
“Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event,” he said.
In addition, the Quicken Loans Arena does not permit firearms. Naturally, Republicans tried to suggest that their rights were being infringed upon. They even called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a presidential candidate himself, to override the arena’s rules through his executive power.
Kasich himself has not commented on the situation. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has suggested that there will be riots if he is pushed out of the nomination due to internal politics.