CLEVELAND, OH (WCMH) – The petition, asking for guns to be allowed inside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, has more than 35,000 signatures as of Sunday.
“Though Ohio is an open carry state, which allows for the open carry of guns, the hosting venue — the Quicken Loans Arena — strictly forbids the carry of firearms on their premises,” the petition says.
According to CNN, the petition’s author is asking the three remaining GOP candidates to advocate for a change in the policy.
“In order to ensure the safety of your supporters, delegates and all attendees at the convention in July, you must call upon the RNC to rectify this affront to our Second Amendment freedoms and insist upon a suspension of the Quicken Loans Arena’s unconstitutional ‘gun-free zone’ loophole,” the petition reads.
According to the petition, Cleveland is a violent city and the threat of terrorism are reasons why guns should be allowed inside the arena during the convention.
“We are all too familiar with the mass carnage that can occur when citizens are denied their basic God-given rights to carry handguns or assault weapons in public,” the petition reads.
The convention will be held July 18 through July 21.