A man carrying a rifle watches anti-Trump activists protest outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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When Ohio Gov. John Kasich Sunday rejected the Cleveland police union's request to ban the open carrying of firearms near the Quicken Loans Arena, he weighed into a national debate pitting city authorities who contend with gun violence against state lawmakers who answer to gun-loving voters.Law enforcement leaders in several major cities say municipalities should have the power to suspend open-carry laws when needed to protect public safety. Currently, 15 of the 45 states that allow openly carried handguns give cities power to restrict those laws, according to a Reuters review of state statutes.In Cleveland, police union head Steve Loomis said he made the request to protect officers following recent fatal shooting of three police officers in Louisiana Sunday and the killing of five officers in Dallas on July 7 . Kasich said he did not have the power to circumvent the state's open-carry law.Wisconsin state representative Bob Gannon said he personally is "not a fan" of the practice because it makes people uncomfortable. Still, he said, the right to carry guns in public spaces should be upheld because it is protected by the state constitution.
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