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Cleveland: Cans & Umbrellas Banned Near RNC — But Guns are OK

HeadlineJul 18, 2016

Civilians may also be carrying military-grade weapons in downtown Cleveland this week. Like Louisiana and Texas, Ohio is an open-carry state. The head of Cleveland’s largest police union, Steve Loomis, has called on Ohio Governor John Kasich to suspend open-carry laws for the week of the RNC, saying: “I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point.” Loomis spoke further on CNN.

Steve Loomis: “It’s absolute insanity to me. This is an open-carry state. Most police officers, generally, love the Constitution and will take a bullet to defend it, as we saw, you know, admirably in Dallas. But at the end of the day, it’s not responsible. It’s legal to bring your guns, but it’s not responsible.”

Michael Smerconish: “You don’t want them doing it?”

Steve Loomis: “Absolutely not.”

Michael Smerconish: “You don’t want them exercising their, quote-unquote, 'right'?”

Steve Loomis: “Absolutely not. That makes for mayhem.”

In response, Ohio Governor John Kasich said, “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested.”

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