A total of 72 different items, including mattresses and lightbulbs, are on the list of contraband
Ahead of next week’s Republican Party national convention in Cleveland, Ohio, event organisers have released a list of all the things banned from the 4.4 square-kilometre event zone surrounding the Quicken Loans Arena. A total of 72 types of weapons, including tennis balls and lightbulbs, have been banned. Guns, however, are perfectly fine.
Given that the state of Ohio has open carry laws governing the use of firearms, Cleveland officials say their hands are tied. Gun owners with a licence are legally permitted to carry their guns around the external security perimeter.
According to CNN, as well as air rifles and pellet guns, the list of forbidden objects includes: pieces of lumber, fireworks, sound amplification equipment, drones, ornaments, tents, canned goods, hammocks, and ladders.
“Our intent is to follow the law. And if the law says you have open carry, that’s what it says. Whether I agree with it or not is another issue,” said Frank Jackson, Cleveland’s mayor, at a press conference.
“There are certain things that go along with open carry that that person has to do,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams. “You can’t menace people, you can’t brandish your weapon.”
While state law means the firearms can be brought to the convention, US federal law does allow the US Secret Service to instigate a small ‘secure zone’ within the convention complex, where weapons of any kind will be expressly forbidden. This zone will include the arena in which Republican delegates from across all 50 states and Puerto Rico will gather to nominate Donald Trump as the party’s candidate for the presidential elections.
The controversial convention has already garnered headlines after a trans rights group revealed it had paid for Fox News to broadcast a 60-second advert during Donald Trump’s acceptance speech.
The full list of banned items from the ‘event zone’ can be read below: