CLEVELAND — At least one or two women in the Georgia delegation attending the Republican National Convention were pulled aside by the U.S. Secret Service on Sunday after handguns were found in their purses.
At a morning breakfast, Brad Hughes, Georgia Republican political director, issued a friendly, Bible-based warning that bordered on poetry. Jamie Dupree of WSB Radio kindly sent us the sound:
“Some of you ladies ended up with the Secret Service for an extended period of time, ‘cause you took your gun in your bag where you wasn’t supposed to take it. The Secret Service was gracious to deal with Georgia and Texas.
“Lock your stuff up. I’ll just start with that. When you get on the GOP express bus, you’re going to a secure zone. Don’t take your gun. Trust the Lord for the peace to be still. Don’t take your piece of steel.”
It wasn’t immediately clear how many delegates were found with the contraband weapons. The incidents occurred at a party for RNC delegates held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a spokesman for the Georgia delegation said. No one was detained.
The topic of guns is a hot topic, given the current angst over the targeting of police in Dallas, Baton Rouge and elsewhere. The head of the police union in Cleveland has called on Ohio Gov. John Kasich to issue an executive order temporarily banning the open carrying of weapons in the city – which is permitted by state law.