CLEVELAND, Ohio (WDTN) – Law enforcement in Cleveland are on high alert for the convention.
With the exception of a small “secure zone” inside and around the quicken loans arena, residents, delegates and protesters are legally permitted to walk around the city with any firearm not explicitly banned by the state.
Open carry means just that, there is no restriction on carrying firearms openly in most public places.
State law in Ohio allows for licensed firearm owners to wear their weapon in plain sight in public.
The issue surrounding open carry has become a concern in Cleveland after the fatal shootings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
As the convention gets underway public safety is something that’s on everyone’s mind.
State law allows for open carry with the exception of government buildings, court houses, schools and private properties if the owner says no.