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Protester at party conventions could be armed
With a permit, protesters at national party conventions in Charlotte, Tampa could carry guns
By The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ' The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns.

In Tampa, where the RNC will hold its festivities, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns around in such a politically-charged environment. The City Council voted Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help them ban concealed weapons. Charlotte officials have yet to publically voice any concern.

Both cities are trying to balance public safety with First and Second Amendment rights.



A spokesman for Scott says the governor's office is working with local officials. The Tampa City Council wants Scott to issue an executive order, temporarily preventing protesters from carrying guns.


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