CLEVELAND, Ohio – The president of the Cleveland Police Union said Sunday he will ask Ohio’s governor to ban all open carrying of weapons in Cuyahoga County during the week of the Republican National Convention.
This announcement comes after the deadly shootings of officers in Baton Rouge Sunday. The fear is that that unrest will appear at the convention.
The union’s president, Steve Loomis, said lawyers are putting the request together and will send it to the governor’s office, according to FOX8.
Loomis said he is also demanding an end to having officers working solo at intersections as part of the RNC security. He says they are in danger and “at a minimum should be in threes”.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s office rebuffed Loomis’ request Sunday afternoon.
Kasich spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach indicated the governor’s hands are tied when it comes to unilaterally changing a state law like open carry.
“Law enforcement is a noble, essential calling and we all grieve that we’ve again seen attacks on officers. Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested,” Kalmbach said to FOX News. “The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt — as we’re doing in Ohio — so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal.”
Convention CEO Jeff Larson, at a news briefing in Cleveland late Sunday, echoed the governor’s office.
“The governor can’t simply say, I’m going to relax [the law] for a day,” Larson said.