“In a CBS News News interview Sunday, at least one police official remained apprehensive about open-carry laws,” cbsnews.com reports. “Cleveland police detective and head of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association Steve Loomis called on Gov. John Kasich to ban the open-carry of guns this week while thousands descend on the city for the convention.
Loom said the group would like Kasich “to declare a state of emergency and issue and executive order to ban open carry until the end of the RNC,” saying that it’s “irresponsible” at this time to allow open carry.
“Somebody in this country has got to stand up and support the police officers,” Loomis told CBS. The group’s attorneys, he said, are drafting a letter to Kasich now.
Governor Kasich’s office immediately responded, saying no way. “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested.”