Head of Cleveland police union asks Kasich to suspend open carry laws during RNC


The head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association said Sunday that open carry laws should be suspended in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

Steven Loomis cited Sunday morning’s shooting in Baton Rouge that left three police officers dead, but has previously been critical of open carry during the RNC. “This is not an attack on the Second Amendment,” he told NBC News. “This is not an attack on the right to open carry. We believe it is a reasonable request to protect the safety of our folks.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) released a statement Sunday saying the governor does not have the power to “arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws.” There will be one area where guns are banned — in a “secure zone” near the Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the convention, that is overseen by the Secret Service.

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