A petition seeking to allow firearms to be openly carried inside the arena for this summer’s Republican National Convention is sparking debate, attracting tens of thousands of signatures in a matter of days. But it’s raising questions about whether it’s for real — or satire.
The petition was created on change.org last week. In a matter of days, tens of thousands of people had signed it.
Some have weighed in, calling it a great idea to keep convention-goers safe. Others are voicing concerns about the prospect of gunfights breaking out inside the arena during what is predicted to be a volatile convention.
It’s likely to be only a theoretical question. The Secret Service, which is in charge of security at presidential conventions, says it won’t allow firearms inside the hall.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.