The Secret Service announced today (Monday, March 28) the open carry of firearms will not be permitted at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, according to the Washington Post.
“Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752 provides the Secret Service authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states,” Secret Service spokesman Robert K. Hoback said in a statement. “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.”
Last week the Voice and other outlets reported that an anonymous petition allowing open carry of firearms at the Republican National Convention was gaining steam.
The Republican Convention will be held in Columbus, Ohio on July 18-21. Ohio is an open carry state, but the host venue, Quicken Loans Arena, doesn’t allow guns.
The petition has received nearly 46,000 signatures.