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Should Guns be Allowed Inside RNC Event Zone?

If you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon, you can bring a gun inside the seven-square-mile security zone at the RNC event in St. Pete. Umbrellas and water guns are prohibited.

At last Thursday's agenda review session a few St. Petersburg City Council members lamented the city's ordinance that restricts what people can carry inside the zone during the week of the Republican National Convention. 

What's legal inside the zone? 

A 2 x 4 board? No.

Umbrellas? No. 

Water guns? Nope. 

Concealed guns? Yes. 

"We’re going to restrict boards and water guns, but the ones that fire real bullets we’re going to leave in," Council Member Steve Kornell said at Thursday's meeting. 

Council member Wengay Newton asked if there would be metal detectors or people checking concealed weapons permits in the "Event Zone." City Attorney John Wolfe said, "probably not."

While a few members of Council have reservations about allowing concealed guns, there are no plans from the city to try and limit access. 

A 2011 Florida law prohibits local lawmakers from regulating guns or ammunition, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Earlier this year, Gov. Rick Scott turned down Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's request to issue an executive order allowing the city to ban concealed firearms in the zone. Scott argued it would be a violation of the Second Amendment, the Times reports.

From Aug. 26 - 30 the  of the city. On Aug. 26, Tropicana Field will host the official RNC 2012 Kick-Off Party. 

The zone will extend from Fifth Avenue North to Seventh Avenue South and from 22nd Street to the Bay. 

Last week, on the days leading up to the opening event as well as day of. 

kincade727 July 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Wrong on so many levels. The 'wingers' are showing their true stripes - to quote Jim Greer: a bunch of "whack-a-do, right-wing crazies." Steve Kornell is the only one with a brain on the council.
Peter J Dunlay July 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Let me get this straight. My girlfriend walks to the Dali Museum each day from the Old Northeast to get to work. Now, she cannot carry a water bottle? an umbrella? I'm glad she can carry a concealed weapon.though. It'll do her a lot of good if she gets thirsty or we get one of our torrential downpours in the late afternoon. Land of the Free and Home of the Insane. I hope the voters will remember how our Council members (with a couple of exceptions), step all over the folks who keep 'em in office while they kiss the asses of the out of towners. I know I will!
Mary L July 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Amen to Peter Dunlays's comment. I take the bus many days because I don't have a car and sit on the bench to wait for the bus and use an umbrella to create some shade while I wait. Since I'm in the "zone" I suppose I walk in the rain or sit in the sun or stay home while the convention is going on. UNBELIEVABLE! Perhaps the elected officials should be required to take the bus before taking office and then decide on rules!
Corky Earl July 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Really...unless everyone going into this GUNFREEZONE is searched...there will be NO way to prevent the guns...pure and simple eh. And we all know what happens in GUNFREEZONES don't we? At least those with brains know.
Bambi July 30, 2012 at 02:12 PM
>> Should Guns be Allowed Inside RNC Event Zone? In a word: Yes. Why should it be any different from any other day?
BHirsh July 30, 2012 at 02:16 PM
There is no legal mechanism to stop the lawful carrying of concealed weapons outside the secure area set up by the Secret Service. You can ask this question until you're blue in the face, it won't change that fact.
BHirsh July 30, 2012 at 02:18 PM
You should be glad that a woman traveling alone in an urban environment HAS the ability to carry a concealed weapon, instead of whining like a crybaby about it.
BHirsh July 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
While I agree that banning umbrellas and water bottles is absolutely stupid, that has no bearing on the sensible carrying of a handgun for self-defense when traveling alone in any city.
Hitman Haman July 30, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Many people carrying guns now, some that i know, i don't think should be allowed - lets be clear, they got their carry and conceal permit BEFORE they became addicted to Oxycontin, legally prescribed by a doctor for the ongoing back pain suffered from a car accident. The drugs have changed these people, they do not swallow them as prescribed - now they crush and snort them , cook and inject them, sometimes smoke them. Now I don't want to scare anyone, but one of these guys is very politically driven and can not wait to attend the RNC. I guarantee you if anything was to happen, he will pull and fire, his mind is not right,. Now how safe you feel?
Corky Earl July 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Hey hitman baby.....the reason we carry heat is for this very incident. As soon as a nut is recognized and he is doing the Nut Thing...Bang Bang...no more nut..hopefully. Or you can do what most of the pink pantied ballerina slippered anti self defense weasels do..whimper in a corner and scream for you moma...
BHirsh July 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Except for one thing, Skippy - He wants to impose a ban that has no legitimate color of authority. We call that "breaking the law" where I come from.
Mimi August 07, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I hope the visiting Republicans will get a good sense of what it's like to live here with Stand Your Ground laws and high-speed police chases every other day. Welcome!
Bob E August 21, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I will be there and I will be armed. I pray I do not need to draw my weapon. If I do I pray it is to protect you or your loved one from someone who intends to do serious harm. My God Bless America. When only the Government is armed there is no freedom. Look around the world.

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