Mixed opinions on banning open carry at RNC - WNEM TV 5

Mixed opinions on banning open carry at RNC

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MID-MICHIGAN (WNEM) -

Recent violence against police, including the ambush of officers Sunday in Baton Rouge, have officers on edge as the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland.

Now the head of the city's police union is calling for Ohio's open carry gun laws to be suspended during the convention amid fears that protesters proudly displaying their weapons could create a dangerous situation.

“Although that's legal for them to do, it's absolutely irresponsible for them to do,” said Steven Loomis with the Cleveland Police Union.

Just like Ohio, Michigan is also an open carry state. That means gun owners are free to carry a firearm in public, except for these places:

  • Banks or credit unions
  • Churches or other places of worship
  • Courts
  • Theaters or sports arenas
  • Daycare centers
  • Hospitals
  • Establishments licensed under the Liquor Control Code

People we talked to here in Mid-Michigan had mixed opinions on whether people should keep their guns at home or be allowed to display them while protesting in Cleveland.

"I think people have the right to carry their guns, you can hold them accountable for their actions but I don't think you should take that away from them,” said one person.

"I would say respect the police's wishes right now more people causing trouble, it's gotta’ stop,” said another.

“Everybody should have the right to carry firearms, regardless of the individuals that shot at police. That's individual actions, you shouldn't judge the whole for some of the parts,” a Mid-Michigan resident said.

Ohio Governor John Kasich said he doesn't have the power to suspend his state’s open carry rules, because federal law does not restrict people from openly carrying firearms.

Though some states have gone through the process of restricting it.

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