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Will Open-Carry Complicate Security Efforts at Republican National Convention in Cleveland?


The sniper massacre in Dallas is haunting next week's Republican National Convention.

Authorities say they are now taking steps to make sure a Dallas-style nightmare doesn't erupt in Cleveland, where "open-carry" — meaning anyone is allowed to have a gun in public — is legal.

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Following the events in Dallas, a rep for the Secret Service said: "A tragedy like that definitely impacts our planning."

The convention will be held at the city's Quicken Loans Arena, and a super-strict "secure zone," where unauthorized weapons are forbidden, has been established by the Secret Service.

Cleveland FBI agent Stephen Anthony told Inside Edition: "This kind of built-in contingency to be flexable, nimble, be able to react, is what I think the folks have worked so hard to be ready for." 

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Texas also has an open-carry law and police say it contributed to the confusion during the shootings in Dallas Thursday, causing one man to be falsely identified as the gunman because he had a rifle slung over his shoulder. He turned out to be a law-abiding protester exercising his right to carry a weapon.

At the Cleveland Armory Gun Store, Inside Edition spoke with owner Todd Karam about the situation.

"You can open-carry in the state of Ohio, as long as you are not touching your gun with an intent to use it," he said. 

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