The head of Cleveland's police union called Sunday for the suspension of open-carry gun laws in the city during the Republican National Convention.
Steve Loomis of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association cited the shooting death of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in urging the Ohio's governor, John Kasich, to ban guns for the week.
"This is not an attack on the Second Amendment. This is not an attack on the right to open carry," Loomis told NBC News. "We believe it is a reasonable request to protect the safety of our folks."
A statement from Kasich's office said he could not suspend the law.
"Law enforcement is a noble, essential calling and we all grieve that we've again seen attacks on officers," the statement read.
"Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested. The bonds between our communities and police must be reset and rebuilt — as we're doing in Ohio — so our communities and officers can both be safe. Everyone has an important role to play in that renewal."