There is a petition to allow guns at the Republican convention. When was the last political convention (Democrat or Republican) that allowed people to bring guns?

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    If you accept that the NRA is political since they're in the business of shaping public opinion on guns, then it presumably happens all the time. – Phil Lello Mar 28 '16 at 13:27
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    @PhilLello The question explicitly mentions "Democrat or Republican" – Philipp Mar 28 '16 at 14:06
  • I suspect the answer will be either whenever the rules against guns were put into effect (the default being "allow guns") or never (if the first formal political conventions already had that rule). I doubt there was an explicit "we allow guns" policy at any point. – Bobson Mar 28 '16 at 19:08
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    The one right before Burr-Hamilton dispute? :) – user4012 Mar 29 '16 at 17:13
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    Bring your tanks and missiles to the Republican National Convention!! Wooo Hooooo!!!! Bring your nukes to the Donald Trump inauguration (Friday, January 2017). – President Bernie Sanders Dec 30 '16 at 0:15

There is no law saying that guns are barred at conventions. The reason they won't be (weren't) allowed is the Secret Service who reserves the right to restrict firearms under Federal Law 18 U.S. Code 3056. I know this doesn't directly answer the question, but it may help re-frame your research. Unless the Secret Service steps in, whether guns are allowed or not will come down to the specific city's gun laws.

  • When was the Secret Service created? – Chloe Feb 12 '17 at 21:57
  • 1865 but they were chasing counterfeiters not guarding the president – Brad Ford Feb 12 '17 at 21:59

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