The GOP Is Pro-Guns — Just Not At Its Convention

In the gun-control debate, Republicans generally side with pro-Second Amendment causes. But the party has upset some of its constituents, because its upcoming convention will likely be gun-free.

In less than a week, over 35,000 people signed a petition demanding that people attending the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July be allowed to bring their firearms.

The petition points out Ohio is an open carry state and Cleveland is one of the more dangerous cities in America. It encourages GOP leaders to let attendees protect themselves with guns, but the decision may not be up to them.

The site of the convention, Quicken Loans Arena, prohibits all weapons. But it does seem odd that a party known for pro-gun ideologies wouldn't pick a site that allows concealed weapons.

The author of the petition demands RNC Chairman Reince Priebus explain "how a venue so unfriendly to Second Amendment rights was chosen for the Republican Convention." But the same issue popped up at the last Republican National Convention.

In 2012, Secret Service in Tampa Bay said no one except law enforcement could bring guns into the Republican National Convention. And with today's political climate, that's likely to continue.

Rallies for Republican front-runner Donald Trump have turned violent. If he loses the nomination in a contested convention, Trump himself predicted the situation could get dangerous.

"We're way ahead of everybody. I don't think you can say that we don't get it automatically. I think you'd have riots," Trump said on CNN.

Cleveland police are preparing in case Trump's prediction is accurate. The force is looking to buy 2,000 suits of riot gear for the convention.

Republican officials said plans for the convention are still being made, but with the threat of physical altercations, party leaders may shy away from practicing what they preach when it comes to open carry.

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