Despite months of mainstream media overblowing Ohio open carry law at this summer’s Republican National Convention, there were zero firearm-related arrests. The media predictably hyperventilated over attendees being permitted to open carry around the convention site.
In a review of arrests and police activity at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, officials made it clear that there was little problem with guns.
The months leading up to the RNC were fraught with controversy and petitions to be able to legally bear arms under Ohio’s open carry protections at the event.
Designated as National Special Security Event by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, federal, state and municipal police flooded the area with thousands of additional officers, backed up by allocated funds from Congress. While firearms were not permitted inside the Quicken Loans Arena itself due to Secret Service restrictions, they were allowed in the outlying public areas under state law.
While the media hyped supposed armed attendance by such politically diverse groups as the Oath Keepers and New Black Panther Party, in actuality the individuals attending the events while legally armed were both sparse and peaceful.
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