US Secret Service says 'no' to guns at Republican convention

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The U.S. Secret Service will not allow people to carry guns into the July Republican National Convention in Cleveland, quashing the hopes of more than 45,000 people who have signed a petition saying attendees should be allowed to bring firearms.

The Secret Service said on Monday it has the authority to preclude guns from sites visited by the people it protects such as U.S. presidential candidates, presidents and former presidents.

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"Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site," agency spokesman Robert Hoback said in a statement.

"Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event," he said.

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US Secret Service says 'no' to guns at Republican convention
A member of the Secret Service walks the perimeter of the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 7, 2016, after a person allegedly attempted to jump over the fence. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A Secret Service uniformed officer patrols the North Lawn of the White House after a lock down at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A member of the uniformed Secret Service stands in front of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plane as he prepares to depart after speaking at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A member of Secret Service positioned onstage during remarks by President Barack Obama during a panel discussion as part of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A Secret Service agent stands guard as a group of construction workers stands on a doorway for a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Elko, Nev. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A uniformed U.S. Secret Service police officer stands guard in a knee-deep snow outside the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Secret Service police stand guard outside the White House after a man was caught jumping the fence as President Barack Obama and his family ate Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A Secret Service Agent stands guard as Vice President Joe Biden, with President Barack Obama and his wife Jill Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, to announce he will not run for the presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
A heavily armed US Secret Service officer talks to another officer on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary where Pope Francis will stay during his visit Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Wynnewood, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Members of the Secret Service keep a watchful eye prior to President Barack Obama's departure from Palm Springs, Calif., International Airport aboard Air Force One Sunday, June 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Peña)
Members of the Secret Service Uniform Division moves media from the briefing room and media as parts of the White House are evacuated, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
An officer of the US Secret Service Uniform Division patrols Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Part of the White House was evacuated amid security concerns. Secret Service officers interrupted a live, televised press briefing with the White House press secretary on Tuesday and evacuated the James S. Brady Briefing Room shortly after 2 p.m. The officers would not say what prompted the evacuation, and the White House had no immediate information about the incident. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Uniformed Secret Service Police officers patrol on bikes near the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during a lockdown. A federal law enforcement official says a man has been arrested after trying to launch a drone outside the White House fence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Secret Service snipers protect Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard Friday, May 8, 2015, at the Oregon Air National Guard Base in Portland Ore. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)
Secret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A Secret Service Agent is seen through tinted and patterned glass as he stands in front of the door to a room where President Barack Obama was meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the Business Roundtable Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
** UPDATES THE CHARGES FILED AGAINST DOMINIC ADESANYA ** A Secret Service police officer walks outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, as a maintenance worker performs fence repairs as part of a previous fence restoration project. Dominic Adesanya, the 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence was ordered held without bond in an appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate judge. He has been charged with unlawfully entering the restricted grounds of the White House and harming two police dogs. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Members of the Secret Service watch as Marine One taxies on the runway before President Barack Obama leaves the Gary/Chicago International Airport in Gary, Ind., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, a U.S. Secret Service K-9 sweeps the sidewalk around the White House facing Pennsylvania Avenue after protests by anti-war activists who blocked the entrance to the northwest gate. Security around the White House perimeter has been intensified since last Friday when a 42-year-old Army veteran climbed over the fence and dashed across the north lawn and entered the executive mansion before being stopped. The US Secret Service and National Park Service have been discussing possible changes to the security infrastructure on roads and parks around the White House. The Secret Service is deciding whether to permanently close the Ellipse and other roadways, which have been closed since 9/11. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2104 file photo uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. The US Secret Service and National Park Service have been discussing possible changes to the security infrastructure on roads and parks around the White House. The Secret Service is deciding whether to permanently close the Ellipse and other roadways, which have been closed since 9/11.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
A U.S. Secret Service agent stands watch as President Barack Obama lifts off on Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, as he travels to deliver the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama and White House counselor John Podesta at the intersection of 18th and C streets NW, accompanied by members of the Secret Service as they head towards the Dept. of Interior, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Obama and Podesta also walked back to the White House after a signing a proclamation regarding the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Members of the US Secret Service's Counter Assault Team, known in the agency as CAT, are seen before boarding helicopters at a landing zone in Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday, March 24, 2014. The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The three agents were benched for "disciplinary reasons," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama's arrival Monday in the country and did not compromise the president's security in any way.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A petition on called for firearms to be allowed into the Quicken Loans Arena during the convention in Ohio, a state that allows guns to be carried openly in public. It had drawn 45,811 supporters by Monday afternoon.

The arena's rules forbid firearms or other weapons, which the petition says is a "direct affront" to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms. It called Cleveland one of the most dangerous U.S. cities.

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"With this irresponsible and hypocritical act of selecting a 'gun-free zone' for the convention, the RNC has placed its members, delegates, candidates and all U.S. citizens in grave danger," it said.

The petition called for five actions to enable gun owners to carry their weapons into the venue. One of those recommendations was for Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate, to use his executive authority to override the arena's decision to be a "gun-free zone."

But Rob Nichols, a spokesman for the Kasich campaign, said the Secret Service had made its decision.

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"At this point the Secret Service has already weighed in and whoever is the force behind this petition probably should have gone to the Secret Service from the get-go," he said.

The Republican convention may be contested if front-runner Donald Trump does not receive enough delegates to clinch his party's nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Trump's rallies have been punctuated by protesters, and sometimes clashes. He has warned there would be "riots" if he is denied the nomination.

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