50K Petitioners Want To Allow Guns At GOP Convention

| by Ray Brown
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It's up for debate whether Republicans will be allowed to bring guns to the GOP convention in Cleveland this summer.

As it stands, the answer is no because Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention will be held July 18 through 21, does not allow firearms.

“In accordance with the Ohio’s ‘concealed carry’ law and the right for private entities to ban handguns on their premises, firearms and other weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on the premises,” says the arena's website.

But an online petition that has gathered more than 50,000 signatures in eight hours is calling on the Republican National Convention to allow firearms at its convention.

That guns are currently banned from the convention “is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk,” the petition states. “As the National Rifle Association has made clear, 'gun-free zones' such as the Quicken Loans Arena are 'the worst and most dangerous of all lies.'”

The petition also states that forearms will be necessary to fight back against any attacks.

“The NRA, our leading defender of gun rights, has also correctly pointed out that 'gun free zones... tell every insane killer in America... (the) safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.' Cleveland, Ohio is consistently ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous cities in America. By forcing attendees to leave their firearms at home, the RNC and Quicken Loans Arena are putting tens of thousands of people at risk both inside and outside of the convention site.”

Also, the petition warns that ISIS could attack the GOP convention, and one way to stop it would be armed citizens in attendance.

“Without the right to protect themselves, those at the Quicken Loans Arena will be sitting ducks, utterly helpless against evil-doers, criminals or others who wish to threaten the American way of life,” the petition states.

Most Republicans have yet to comment on whether they will decide to allow firearms, but presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump said he would take a look at the petition.

“I have not seen the petition. I want to see what it says. I want to read the fine print,” Trump told ABC's "This Week."

“I have to see what it says. I'm a very, very strong person for Second Amendment. I think very few people are stronger. And I have to see the petition.”

Sources:, ABC / Photo credit: Eli Christman/Flickr

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