Threat of armed protesters at 2012 RNC becoming national story

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State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns,” the AP reports. “In Tampa, where the Republicans will gather in late August, officials are starting to worry about people toting guns in such a politically charged environment. The City Council voted on Thursday to ask Republican Gov. Rick Scott to help it temporarily ban concealed weapons. Charlotte officials have yet to publicly voice concern, but with both cities trying to balance public safety with First and Second Amendment rights, it’s likely that the host city for the Democratic convention also will have to address the issue. Tampa city leaders already have proposed a host of banned items (lumber, hatchets, gas masks, chains and ‘super soaker’ water cannons) – but they are prevented from outlawing concealed guns.

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