The Secret Service says there will be no firearms at the Republican National Convention this summer, no matter how many people try to make it happen.
In a statement emailed to POLITICO, a spokesman for the Secret Service said the group has the “authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states. 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.”
“The Secret Service works closely with our local law enforcement partners in each state to ensure a safe environment for our protectees and the public,” the statement continues. “Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event.”
The Secret Service’s stance is at odds with more than 44,000 people who have signed a petition to allow open-carry of firearms at the convention in July in Cleveland.