Left sighs with relief: Secret Service says no to guns at GOP Convention

Left sighs with relief: Secret Service says no to guns at GOP Convention
No bribes, please - we're in Ohio. (Image: Quicken Loans Arena via Facebook)

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.

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