Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s association has asked Ohio Governor John Kasich to suspend the open carry of firearms for the duration of the Republican National Convention, the USA Today reported.
After recent deadly police shootings, including Sunday’s deaths in Baton Rouge, the police union president Steve Loomis said he is asking Gov. Kasich to declare an emergency and suspend open carry permits.
Loomis said the open carry law is making the job of securing the convention “much more difficult.”
Emmalee Kalmbach, a spokeswoman for Kasich, said the governor does not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or laws.
Under Ohio law, legal gun owners can carry firearms in plain sight. Authorities have banned other items ranging from tennis balls to large backpacks.
“Law enforcement is a noble, essential calling, and we all grieve that we’ve again seen attacks on officers,” a statement from Kalmbach said. “The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt — as we’re doing in Ohio — so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal.