Guns at GOP convention petition tops 35K, Trump wants to study ‘fine print’ – USA TODAY
Donald Trump says he wants to study a petition that calls for allowing the open carry of guns at the Republican convention this July in Cleveland.
While proclaiming himself “a very, very strong person for Second Amendment,” the Republican front-runnerÂ told ABC’s This WeekÂ that “I have not seen the petition.Â I want to see what it says.Â I want to read the fine print.”
Posted on the website change.org, the petition of unknown origin notes that “though Ohio is an open carry state, which allows for the open carry of guns, the hosting venue –Â the Quicken Loans Arena –Â strictly forbids the carry of firearms on their premises.”Â That “is a direct affront to the Second Amendment and puts all attendees at risk,” said the petition thatÂ has more than 35,000 signers as of Sunday.
The other Republican presidential candidates — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — have not commented on the open carryÂ petition.
The name of the group purportedly behind the effortÂ â Americans for Responsible Open CarryÂ âÂ does not appear anywhere else online and accepts online message only from networked supporters,Â theÂ Akron Beacon JournalÂ reported.
According to the website cnet on Sunday, the petition may have been started by a group as satire.
“A blog called HyperationalistÂ has claimed responsibility.
He or she writes: “It just doesn’t seem right that thousands of patriotic Republican good guys should be left totally unprotected by whatever bad guys might wish to do them harm. I mean forgodsake people, ISIS could show up to take out everybody in and around that building and they’d be sitting ducks. Sitting ducks, I tell you! There might even be a bad egg or two among the delegates.”
Hyperationalist didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, his or herÂ tweets since 2011Â suggest that he’s not exactly of the Republican cause.Â For example: “Win-win for the Trump people at last night’s rally: a protester got beat up and a black guy got arrested. This was accompanied with the #NeverTrump hashtag.”
The Ohio Republican Party said it was not aware of the petition, theÂ JournalÂ reported, nor was the host committee overseeing the convention, although it noted that the Secret Service, in conjunction with Cleveland, Cuyahoga County andÂ state and federal authorities, is handling security for the event.
âThey are coordinating and will be continuously refining security plans leading up to the national convention,â said Alee Lockman, a spokesperson for the Republican National Convention, theÂ JournalÂ says.
In 2012, firearmsÂ were banned by the Secret Service at the Republican convention in Tampa.
Contributing: Doug Stanglin