|Then-Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul and his wife Kelley Ashby walk outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland before an August debate. (Photo: Andrew Harnik, AP)|
"Donald Trump says he wants to study a petition that calls for allowing the open carry of guns at the Republican convention this July in Cleveland.
"While proclaiming himself "' very, very strong person for Second Amendment,' the Republican front-runner told ABC's This Week that 'I have not seen the petition. I want to see what it says. I want to read the fine print.'
"Posted on the website change.org, the petition of unknown origin notes that 'though Ohio is an open carry state, which allows for the open carry of guns, the hosting venue -- the Quicken Loans Arena -- strictly forbids the carry of firearms on their premises.'
"That 'is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk,' said the petition that has more than 34,000 signers.
"The other Republican presidential candidates -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich -- have not commented on the open carry petition.
"The name of the group purportedly behind the effort — Americans for Responsible Open Carry — does not appear anywhere else online and accepts online message only from networked supporters, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.
"The Ohio Republican Party said it was not aware of the petition, the Journal reported, nor was the host committee overseeing the convention, although it noted that the Secret Service, in conjunction with Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and state and federal authorities, is handling security for the event.
"'They are coordinating and will be continuously refining security plans leading up to the national convention,' said Alee Lockman, a spokesperson for the Republican National Convention, the Journal says.
"In 2012, firearms were banned by the Secret Service at the Republican convention in Tampa.
"Contributing: Doug Stanglin"
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Oh, please, please, PLEASE, let them carry guns. Lots of guns.