From the Voice of America:
Thanks to Ohio state laws, anyone within the 8-square-kilometer “event zone” in downtown Cleveland will be able to openly carry legally owned firearms. With a valid permit, they can even carry a concealed weapon.
And city officials cannot change that.
“It’s the state law, and we have to follow the law, so yeah,” Dan Williams, a spokesman for the Cleveland mayor’s office, told VOA when asked whether protesters would be able to carry guns in the event zone. . . .
The Secret Service is banning guns in those buildings where Donald Trump will be. The distinction here makes a lot of sense. Permitted concealed handguns are best at stopping attacks occurring over time or involving multiple people being harmed. In those cases a permit holder is given a chance to respond. But the ability of permit holders to do anything is greatly limited when there is only one potential target.