Security Rules for the GOP Convention

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Here’s the latest information on the GOP Convention in Tampa. No whole fruits or baseballs — for throwing? No placards, banners or signs? And only “approved” media can effectively record the event? But a safe and enjoyable time will be had by all, says the RNC:

As a condition of entry, the following items are inadmissible for safety and security reasons and will not be permitted within the security perimeter established for the 2012 Republican National Convention:

  • Weapons, firearms or knives (regardless of size)
  • Plastic replicas of weapons (including toy guns)
  • Explosives/fireworks
  • Baseballs
  • Umbrellas*
  • Strollers
  • Poles and sticks
  • Laser lights and laser pointers
  • Coolers
  • Whole fruit
  • Containers of any type (bottles/cans/spray canisters)
  • Aerosols
  • Mace/pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, or similar devices
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects: razor blades, scissors, knitting needles, screw drivers, etc.
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Whistles, noise makers, horns or drums, unless authorized by convention officials
  • Banners, signs or placards
  • Flashlights, unless authorized by the Committee on Arrangements Event Production or Security Divisions
  • Unopened envelopes or packages (items must be opened and available for inspection/screening)
  • Camcorders and cases, large cameras with lens (over four inches)**
  • Voice enhancement devices, such as bullhorns**
  • Tripods for cameras**
  • Backpacks or carry cases for binoculars, cameras**

*Unless provided by the Committee on Arrangements or the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee
**Does not apply to media

Prior to departing your hotel before each session, please share the above list of inadmissible items with delegates, alternate delegates, and all guests to avoid delays and inconvenience when entering the Tampa Bay Times Forum. By working together, we can help create a safe and secure environment, while ensuring a productive and enjoyable experience for everyone.

4:09 pm on August 18, 2012