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Police union calls for suspension of 'open carry' at RNC after Baton Rouge killings

Workers place a sign as they prepare at Quicken Loans Arena for the Republican National Convention, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Cleveland police union is asking Gov. John Kasich to temporarily suspend Ohio's open carry gun laws during the Republican National Convention, set to start Monday.

According to CNN, Stephen Loomis, the president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association said "[Kasich] could very easily do some kind of executive order or something -- I don't care if it's constitutional or not at this point."

He continued, "they can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over."

The announcement comes after 6 officers were shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Three officers were killed in the gun battle.

According to reports, one suspect was killed, and two others are believed to be "at large."

Licensed firearm owners are allowed to wear their weapons in public, according to state law.

According to CNN, "with the exception of a small "secure zone" inside and around the Quicken Loans Arena, residents, delegates and protesters are legally permitted to walk around the city -- including within its 1.7 square mile regulated "event zone" -- any firearm not explicitly banned by the state."

CNN reports Kasich responded by saying he doesn't have the power to suspend the law.




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