Indiana GOP convention heading to gun-free sites

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Hundreds of Indiana Republicans attending the party’s state convention in Fort Wayne next month won’t be able to carry firearms into the event’s main venues.

The June 6-7 convention is being held outside Indianapolis for the first time and planners have organized an event with food and bands at the Parkview Field baseball stadium and a Kenny Loggins concert at the downtown Embassy Theatre. The party convention will be at the Grand Wayne Center.

Allen County Republican chairman Steve Shine tells The Journal Gazette all three venues have policies against firearms and he doesn’t expect them to change for the convention.

Republican state Sen. Jim Banks of Columbia City says he expects some attending the convention will be upset about the gun ban. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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