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Ohio’s open-carry tradition makes things awkward for Cleveland ahead of the RNC

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2016 | Criminal Defense |


Ohio’s stance on guns is clear: A person has the right to bear arms. This means both open carry and concealed carry (though with concealed carry, you must obtain a Concealed Handgun License).

At the same time, Cleveland is busy preparing for the upcoming 2016 Republican National Convention, which takes place on July 18-21 in the Quicken Loans Arena.

In just two weeks, Trump supporters and protestors – and, of course, the RNC delegates themselves – will descend upon Cleveland in all their glory, which makes security the city’s multimillion-dollar concern.

Tennis balls and canned goods: banned. Guns? No chance.

Cleveland has banned these items during the RNC: tennis balls, canned goods, grappling hooks. Essentially, things that could potentially be used as weapons.

Except guns – which is as it should be, based on Ohio’s longstanding open carry tradition.

The right to bear arms is a fundamental individual right.

Section 9.68 of the Ohio Revised Code states that the right to bear arms is “a fundamental individual right that predates the United States Constitution and Ohio Constitution…”

Ohio is one of the most permissive states when it comes to guns. This puts Cleveland in an awkward position during the RNC, in which there will be a ban on squirt guns, but no ban on real guns.

Tips for those who will be in Cleveland during the RNC:

  • If you conceal carry, be sure you have a Concealed Handgun License – you risk a misdemeanor or even a felony charge if you don’t, depending on the situation
  • Gun possession (open or concealed) will not be allowed inside the Quicken Loans Arena itself and in other prohibited areas



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