Some Trump Delegates Taking Guns To GOP Convention


Some GOP delegates who support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are planning to take guns with them to Cleveland during their party's convention on July 18-21.

Matthew Jansen (pictured) of York, Pennsylvania, plans to take his Glock 9mm handgun, notes the York Daily Record.

Jansen, who is a school board member and self-described Christian, said that he is applying for a gun permit.

There is a gun ban at Quicken Loans Arena, the site of the convention, but some delegates are going to arm themselves outside.

According to Jansen, delegates will be going to social events, and he wants to carry a weapon "just in case."

"It's just a precaution," Jansen added. He plans to keep his firearm in a hotel safe while he attends the convention.

Jansen was in the headlines recently when he slammed a church in Dallastown, Pennsylvania, for posting a sign that said: "Wishing a blessed Ramadan to our Muslim neighbors."

In an angry phone message to the pastor, Jansen suggested that the pastor was "sick" and "despicable," and promised to spread the word on social media; Jansen later apologized, notes

James Klein, a pro-Trump GOP delegate from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told Mother Jones that he is planning to arm himself because "there's the hotels. There's going to be dinners."

"We're talking about ISIS ...," Klein added. "We're talking about people who have shown a propensity for violence."

Klein made no mention of the approximately 30,000 Americans killed annually by other Americans with guns.

Ash Khare, another Pennsylvania GOP delegate, said:

There are a whole bunch of things happening: You go to various events, receptions, whatever, outside the convention hall. And you walk on the streets and, you know, people know that you are a delegate, and who knows what the crazy people are going to do? So you've got to be vigilant about what's going on and prepare yourself ...

You gotta have a proper mindset and the proper training. You don't go out to act like a warrior … This is just in case you get into a situation where you can make a difference.

Marc Scaringi, another Harrisburg-area Trump delegate, hasn't decided if he's going to pack a gun: "If you can't have the firearm in the convention, then you really can't take it, because what do you do with it? I don't think there's going to be any firearms locker room. That's really the only thing preventing me from saying, 'Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and carry.'"

Scaringi did make reference to anti-Trump demonstrators in San Jose, California, from June. "I think this is going to be the most riotous political convention since 1968, and maybe even more so," he explained. "In addition to just your average political protester, you're going to get serious people here who want to do harm and want to create mayhem."

Sources: York Daily News,, Mother Jones / Photo credit: Matthew Jansen/Twitter

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