And just when you thought the Republican convention in Cleveland might get boring…
BREAKING: New Black Panther Party will carry arms during protests at U.S. Republican National Convention if legal – group chairman
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 12, 2016
According to Reuters, it’s for “self-defense”:
New Black Panther Party says it will carry firearms for self-defense during RNC protests in Cleveland https://t.co/xHFiStZ1Y0
— Kenneth Lipp (@kennethlipp) July 12, 2016
Open carry is legal in Ohio with other groups already planning to carry weapons during their demonstrations as well:
Officials in Ohio have said it will be legal for protesters to carry weapons at demonstrations outside the convention under the state’s “open carry” laws. Several other groups, including some supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, have said they will carry weapons in protests as well, leading to concerns about rival groups being armed in close proximity.
The Republican convention begins July 18.