TAMPA, FLA. -- Members of the Republican National Convention are asking the governor to help them bar people from carrying weapons outside the convention center in Tampa this August.
There is already a zone inside the convention area where concealed weapons are forbidden, but RNC representatives are asking for more.
They are asking the governor to suspend a law that was passed this year, which forbids cities and counties from passing local gun legislation.
The state law was passed after gun rights advocates expressed concerns that cities or counties would pass measures that would be harsh and override state statutes on firearm possession.
Ironically, that kind of restriction is exactly what the RNC is requesting, albeit on a temporary basis.
The request for gun control would be for an area that covers downtown Tampa as well as surrounding areas.
It is not known if such a request, even if approved by the governor, could be realistically accommodated without emplacing multiple checkpoints throughout the downtown area.