The thousands of protesters expected at the Republican and Democratic national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State laws in Florida and North Carolina allow concealed weapons, including guns.
In Tampa, where the Republicans will hold their festivities this summer, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns in such a politically charged environment.
The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help them temporarily ban concealed weapons. Charlotte officials have yet to publicly voice concern, but with both cities trying to balance public safety with First and Second Amendment rights, it’s likely the host city for the Democratic convention will also have to address the issue.
The Tampa City Council wants Scott to issue an executive order preventing people with concealed-weapon permits from carrying guns.
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