Following the shooting deaths of 3 police officers this morning the Cleveland Police Department requested that Ohio “Open Carry” Laws be temporarily suspended for the duration of the Republican National Convention taking place in Cleveland, Ohio over the next week.
Within hours, Kasich said no, saying that it would be unlawful. Legally speaking, the legislature would need to be called in and could vote to temporarily suspend the ability for gun owners to carry their weapons openly under the pretense of an “emergency”.
“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,” Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CNN. “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.”
This lack of enthusiasm is in stark contrast to how Conservatives usually feel about their right to carry guns. The only places that you won’t be able to carry guns openly during the RNC will be in “hard” locations such as within the convention where everything operates within an intense security vacuum.
Governor Kasich’s statement on today’s attack on police officers in Baton Rouge. pic.twitter.com/o6X8CnTT8X
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 17, 2016
Tensions in Cleveland will be high. At the last RNC there were 100,000 protestors. It’s estimated there could be as many as 300,000 here. This is exasperated by fears over groups such as “Bikers For Trump” showing up and the violence in Dallas, now Baton Rouge.
“Bikers For Trump” is claimed to consist of people from “all walks of life”, while the reality stands in contrast, with the majority being Conservative war veterans, some appearing to come from the “Alt-Right” those who identify with white ethno politics as exhibited by wearing Confederate flags for example.