Guns will be Allowed at Republican National Convention

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Water and air pistols will be banned from the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August, but curiously real guns will be allowed.

The Tampa Tribune reports that guns originally appeared on the list of banned potential weapons, but then the City Attorney remembered a Florida law that prohibits local governments from restricting the carrying of guns in public places.

"If we'd tried to regulate guns, it wouldn't have worked," said City Attorney Jim Shimberg. "Any local ordinance that regulates guns is void"

Guns will still be banned from the security zone the Secret Service will set up around the convention center, but guns will be allowed outside of that in an area Mayor Bob Buckhorn dubbed the "clean zone.

State law bans open carry of guns, but people with permits can carry concealed weapons.