Petition Demands GOP Allow Guns Into the Convention

It has more than 15,000 signatures
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2016 5:10 PM CDT
Petition Demands GOP Allow Guns Into the Convention

What could make what already promises to be a crazy Republican National Convention even crazier? Filling Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena with firearms. That's the goal of a petition created this week that already boasts more than 15,000 signatures. The petition worries that without guns convention-goers will be "utterly helpless against evil-doers, criminals, or others who wish to threaten the American way of life." For example, they would be "sitting ducks" in an ISIS terrorist attack on the arena. Unfortunately, the Q—despite being located in an open-carry state—has a no-weapons policy, Fox 8 reports. "This is a direct affront to the Second Amendment," the petition claims.

The petition has a number of demands, including the Q suspending its no-weapons policy for the convention, the party finding an alternate venue incase the Q won't allow weapons inside, and the candidates—all three of whom have spoken out against gun-free zones—demanding guns be allowed inside the convention. Probably unnecessarily, GQ points out this whole thing is likely a prank. "This is proooooobably someone trolling the NRA and Reince Preibus, but there’s also maybe a 12% chance it’s true," the magazine states. "Either way, it’s unlikely to happen." The Republican National Convention starts July 18. (More Republican National Convention stories.)

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