News & Politics

Secret Service Says No Guns at the RNC

On Monday, the Secret Service announced there will be no firearms at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Yesterday, I wrote about a petition that had 40,000 signatures (now its closer to 50,000) demanding open carry at the Republican convention. It turns out, it doesn’t matter how many people sign on to the demands, the Secret Service has put its foot down, something I predicted: “Not only would Quicken probably have some liability issues with so many people carrying firearms on their premises, the Secret Service provides security to the candidates and they would certainly not approve of a room full of attendees and malcontents armed up.”

Ohio is an open-carry state, although the Quicken Arena forbids firearms on its premises.

“Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752 provides the Secret Service authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states,” Secret Service spokesman Robert K. Hoback said in a written statement. “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.”

Would you feel more secure with an armed crowd at the event or would you prefer attendees attend without their firearms?