Republican presidential Candidate Donald Trump gives his running mate, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana a kiss as they shake hands after Pence’s acceptance speech during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) will take place in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quickened Loans Arena from July 18 through July 20 where the Republican Party delegates will elect the President and Vice President nominees for their party.
The convention is expected to host 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Colombia, and five territories.
This will be the fourth time in history that Cleveland has hosted the Republican National Convention. The last time the RNC was hosted in Cleveland was in 1936, and security has upgraded for the 2016 convention.
Ohio is an ‘Open Carry’ state, meaning that any citizen can legally open carry a firearm on their person so long as it is never concealed. If the firearm becomes concealed at any point the person will immediately be arrested and charged with a felony.
Although it is legal to carry weapons outside the arena it is not legal to carry any weapons inside the arena. The Cleveland police officers will patrol the arena on bicycles and keep their eyes peeled for any concealed weapons that could be a threat to any citizens at the convention or leaving the convention.
As stated on convention.gop/about: roughly 50,000 people are expected to visit the Cleveland area during the event, with each night of the convention different sessions take place.
July 14 and July 15 anti-Trump delegates are expected to be seen at the convention. These delegates will be pushing for a “conscience clause” this makes concessions to the consciences of those affected by a law, allowing delegates to vote for either presidential candidate they prefer only on the first nominating ballot.
The last time Cleveland hosted the Republican National Convention was in 1936 and security has upgraded for the 2016 convention.
As stated by CNN.com The city was given a $50 million federal grant to boost security. About half of that is, according to a CNN report, believed to have gone toward, an order for 2,000 batons and protective suits.
According to convention.gop/about the convention will also include approximately 15,000 credentialed media—an international press corps second only in size to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games—as well as a global audience that will witness a front row seat online thanks to the Internet and social media efforts.
July 18 the convention opens and July 19 the session begins. There is a roll call of all 50 states and at this time the Republican Party officially elects a nominee for the Presidency.
July 20 the Vice President candidate, Mike Pence, will give a speech and July 21 the Presidential candidate will close out the convention.