event zone

A designated “event zone” extending for blocks around the facility holding the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer will allow lawful concealed carry, but will not allow the violent left-wing protesters who have been rioting outside presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s to carry so much as a large stick.

This week, the City of Cleveland and the Secret Service released a comprehensive list of items that will be banned from a broad area that stretches east to Cleveland State University, north to Burke Lakefront Airport, and west across the Cuyahoga River to West 25th Street.

  • Here is a complete list of prohibited items:
  • (1) Lumber larger than 2” in width and ¼” thick, including supports
    for signs;
  • (2) Metal, plastic, or other hard material larger than ¾” thick and
    1/8” in wall thickness including pipe and tubing;
  • (3) Any air rifle, air pistol, paintball gun, blasting caps, switchblade
    or automatic knife, knife having a blade two and one-half (2-1/2) inches in
    length or longer, cestus, billy, blackjack, sword, saber, hatchet, axe, slingshot,
    BB gun, pellet gun, wrist shot, blackjack, metal knuckles, nunchucks, mace,
    iron buckle, axe handle, shovel, or other instrumentality used to cause
    property or personal damage;
  • (4) Any dangerous ordinance, weapon, or firearm that is prohibited
    by the laws of the State of Ohio;
  • (5) Any explosives, explosive device, or incendiary device;
  • (6) Fireworks and rockets;
  • (7) Sound Amplification Equipment;
  • (8) Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems;
  • (9) Containers of bodily fluids;
  • (10) Aerosol cans;
  • (11) Mace, Pepper Spray or other chemical irritant;
  • (12) Umbrellas with metal tips;
  • (13) Any projectile launchers, such as water guns and water cannons;
  • (14) Rope, chain, cable, strapping, wire, string, line, tape, or any
    similar material, in lengths greater than 6’;
  • (15) Glass bottles, ornaments, light bulbs, ceramic vessels, and any
    other frangible container, regardless of whether the container holds any
    substance;
  • (16) Locks including, without limitation, padlocks, bicycle locking
    devices, chain locks or similar devices, but not including: (i) an integral
    component of a conveyance or structure; (ii) locks when utilized by the owner
    of private real property to secure permanent or temporary fencing; or (iii)
    locks attached to a bicycle;
  • (17) Any gas mask or similar device designed to filter all air breathed
    by the wearer in an attempt to protect the respiratory tract and/or face
    against irritating or noxious gasses or other materials. This prohibition on
    gas masks shall not apply to any person wearing a medical oxygen mask that
    fits over the nose and mouth of the person and provides oxygen from an
    oxygen tank to the person;
  • (18) Tents and other shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads,
    mattresses, cots, hammocks, bivy sacks, or stoves;
  • (19) Coolers or ice chests;
  • (20) Backpacks and bags exceeding the size of 18” x 13” x 7”;
  • (21) Lasers;
  • (22) Non-plastic containers, bottles, cans, or thermoses;
  • (23) Ladders;
  • (24) Grappling hooks, sledgehammers, hammers, and crowbars;
  • (25) Canned goods;
  • (26) Tennis balls; and
  • (27) Any other item determined by the Chief or Director to be a clear
    and present danger to the safety of others.

The list of prohibited items seems quite logical considering the violence that seems to be endemic to the left-wing radicals rioting at Trump events in recent days. These criminals have caused significant property damage, injured police officers, Trump event attendees, and have even tried to hurt police horses.

Allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons—”law-abiding” seemingly excluding most left-wing protesters by default—also makes perfect sense. Citizens should be able to defend themselves from violent criminals when they enter this large area of the city where many people live and work.

Firearms will still be prohibited inside Quicken Loans Arena (“The Q”) where the Republican National Convention is being held as a security precaution, as it has been designated a National Special Security Event by the Secretary of Homeland Security. The same designation and rules will apply inside Democrat National Convention will be inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in July.