Ohio police official calls for gun ban at Republican convention

Republicans are preparing to officially endorse Donald Trump at the convention

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The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, expects the party’s convention in Cleveland, Ohio to be “safe and secure”.

Speaking to Fox News he said: “We're ready. Every convention has its share of problems and protests. We’ve got thousands of cops coming in from around the country. We’re got secret service in full force and we’re ready for anything”

“We’re also in a pretty good position here on the lake. When you talk of a secure perimeter around where we’re at downtown on the lake with the river buttressing the other side, it lends itself to a good place to lock in and secure,” he added.

The atmosphere in the United States is tense at the moment following on from the killing of police officers in Dallas last week and Baton Rouge on Sunday.

Ohio state has an open carry gun law, which allows for licensed firearm owners to wear weapons in public.

The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, Stephen Loomis, has called on Ohio governor John Kasich to temporarily restrict the state’s open carry laws while the Republican convention takes place.

Speaking to CNN, Loomis said: “I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point. 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”.

Ohio Governor John Kasich downplayed the request by pointing out that governors do not have the power to suspend federal or state constitutional rights or laws arbitrarily. 

He also offered his condolences to those affected in Baton Rouge on Sunday: