So much for that petition drive to allow firearms into this summer’s brokered GOP convention. On Monday the U.S. Secret Service quashed the attempts to override the gun free zone at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. This is probably a good thing considering the amount of hatred that the national media has created over Donald Trump because tensions are going to be high when the party elite steal the nomination from him. The activist group Change.org had been pushing the petition which drew international media attention as well as a growing number of signatures that had grown to over 40,000. But the feds as always have the final say and they said no way in hell.
CNN reports on the decision in the story “Secret Service: No guns inside GOP convention”:
The Secret Service says guns won’t be allowed into the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland this summer for the Republican National Convention, despite a petition pushing for it.
The agency said Monday it won’t allow any firearms past a perimeter and into the convention hall, despite the urging of pro-gun activists who called for Ohio’s open-carry laws to extend into the arena.
“Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event,” a Secret Service spokesman said in a statement.
The agency cited federal law authorizing them to prevent firearms from entering sites that protectees are visiting.
“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,” the Secret Service said.
The petition, which went online a week ago, had garnered almost 45,000 signatures by Monday afternoon. It pressed remaining GOP candidates and the Republican National Committee to demand firearms be permitted into the arena.
“In order to ensure the safety of your supporters, delegates and all attendees at the convention in July, you must call upon the RNC to rectify this affront to our Second Amendment freedoms and insist upon a suspension of the Quicken Loans Arena’s unconstitutional ‘gun-free zone’ loophole,” the petition reads.
The statement does mention a “predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint” so it is possible that those outside of the gun free zone could be packing, this will create additional security issues given that the convention is likely to be set upon by Black Lives Matter activists and other social justice warriors who will be looking to stir up trouble. Millions of dollars have been pumped into Cleveland to shore up the security and this would probably include an allocation for water cannons that can be used against any troublemakers.