Guns will not be permitted at the Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland, the U.S. Secret Service said Monday in response to a petition circulated by gun rights activists.
Under federal law, the Secret Service may ban firearms from sites visited by people under its protection including in so-called “open-carry states” such as Ohio, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said. Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is under the agency’s protection.
“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,” he said.
A petition on the website change.org, which has drawn more than 45,000 signatures, called on the arena hosting the convention, the state of Ohio and the Republican National Committee to allow attendees to the July convention to carry weapons inside.
Republican politicians and their flunkies carrying guns, now that I would have liked to see take place.