Black Panthers + GOP Convention = Trouble
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Pratt said his bigger concern is that people with valid permits to carry concealed guns will not be allowed to take their weapons into the convention hall.
To the combustible mix of race, politics, and protest — add guns. The militant New Black Panther Party reportedly plans to bring guns to the Quicken Loans Arena, site of next week’s Republican National Convention. …
Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said he has no problem with Black Panther members having guns outside of the Republican convention — as long as they follow the law.
“It goes without saying, if they’re talking about a peaceful protest, there’s no concern,” he said.
Pratt said his bigger concern is that people with valid permits to carry concealed guns will not be allowed to take their weapons into the convention hall. That is because of state law that allows private property owners to ban concealed guns — as the Quicken Loans Arena long has — and per order of the Secret Service.
“Permit holders are the safest segment of our society,” he said. “That’s why we so strongly believe in people’s right to defend themselves.”