Open carry, officer killings spark debate about guns at RNC

FILE - In this Monday, July 7, 2014, file photo, Chicago police display some of the thousands of illegal firearms they have confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence in Chicago. The recent mass shooting at an Oregon community college has put the debate over gun violence and gun control into the center of the presidential race. At least some of the Republicans who are running have pointed to Chicago as proof that gun control laws don't work. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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