Kasich spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach said the union representing Cleveland police officers is expected to submit a letter to Kasich, asking that open carry be suspended. Kalmbach said “Law enforcement is a noble, essential calling and we all grieve that we’ve again seen attacks on officers. Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested. The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt—as we’re doing in Ohio—so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal.”
Ohio law permits licesed gun owners to carry weapons in public outside the secure zone around Quicken Loans Arena where the convention events are held.