CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland’s police chief says he prefers people not walk around with guns in public during next week’s Republican National Convention but he is required to uphold Ohio’s open carry law. The law allows legal gun owners to openly carry firearms in public.
Chief Calvin Williams said Wednesday police have previously dealt with events at which people openly carried firearms.
The four-day convention begins Monday and will feature presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It’s expected to attract large groups of protesters.
The open carry issue has risen to the forefront after the ambush shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas last week.
Williams says he has talked to police chiefs from around the country about additional steps needed to keep officers safe. He says Dallas was a “wakeup call” for police around the country.