Police Union: ‘Irresponsible’ to Carry Weapons During Convention
Calls for temporary suspension of Ohio's open carry laws in Cleveland
Cleveland’s police union, citing the recent shooting of officers in Texas and Louisiana, has called for a temporary restriction of Ohio’s open carry gun laws during the Republican convention.
“I couldn’t care less if it’s legal or not,” Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said in an interview Monday on CNN . “We are constitutional law enforcement, we love the Constitution, support it and defend it, but you can’t go into a crowded theater and scream fire. And that’s exactly what they’re doing by bringing those guns down there.”
He added that the police will be giving extra scrutiny to anyone with a weapon downtown, where the Republican convention begins Monday.
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he did not have the authority to grant the request.
“We’ve had open carry scenarios in the city before. And we’ve handed them. We plan to handle them the same way as we always have,” Williams told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “But in this state, everyone has the right to open carry and we want to make sure people do that safely.”
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