Tennis balls bounced from Cleveland 'event zone' -- but not guns

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  • There are at least 72 items that are prohibited
  • Swords, sabers, switchblades and ... light bulbs

(CNN)Slingshots, sledgehammers, rockets and ... tennis balls?

The city of Cleveland has explicitly banned at least 72 kinds of weapons, gadgets and assorted hardware from the 1.7 square-mile "event zone" surrounding next week's Republican National Convention.
    Not on its extensive list: Guns.
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    Ohio is an open-carry state, so local officials said they cannot prevent licensed gun owners from carrying their weapons around the external security perimeter.
    "Our intent is to follow the law. And if the law says you can have open carry, that's what it says. Whether I agree with it or not is another issue," Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said at a news conference on Wednesday.
    "There are certain things that go along with open carry that that person has to do," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams cautioned. "You can't menace people, you can't brandish your weapon."
    Dan Williams, a spokesman for Jackson, told CNN about open carry guns: "Bottom line, we're going to follow the law. It's state law. There's no state law on tennis balls."
    Any types of firearms, weapons or explosives that are banned by the state of Ohio are also barred from the event zone.
    Federal law allows the U.S Secret Service, which is administering a smaller "secure zone," to ban weapons of any kind, including guns, inside the Quicken Loans Arena, where GOP delegates will gather next week to nominate Donald Trump.
    Here's a list of at least 72 things that are prohibited from the event zone:
    1. Lumber larger than 2 inches in width and 1/4 of an inch thick, including supports for signs
    2. Metal, plastic, or other hard material larger than 3/4 quarters thick and 1/8 of an inch in wall thickness including pipe and tubing
    3. Air rifles
    4. Air pistols
    5. Paintball guns
    6. Blasting caps
    7. Switchblade knives
    8. Automatic knives
    9. Knives having a blade 2.5 inches in length or longer
    10. Cestuses
    11. Billy clubs
    12. Blackjacks
    13. Swords
    14. Sabers
    15. Hatchets
    16. Axes
    17. Slingshots
    18. BB guns
    19. Pellet guns
    20. Wrist shots
    21. Metal knuckles
    22. Nun chucks
    23. Mace
    24. Iron buckles
    25. Axe handles
    26. Shovels
    27. Fireworks
    28. Rockets
    29. Sound amplification equipment
    30. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
    31. Containers of bodily fluids
    32. Aerosol cans
    33. Pepper Spray and other chemical irritants
    34. Umbrellas with metal tips
    35. Water guns
    36. Water cannons
    37. Ropes in lengths greater than 6 feet
    38. Chains in lengths greater than 6 feet
    39. Cables in lengths greater than 6 feet
    40. Strappings in lengths greater than 6 feet
    41. Wires in lengths greater than 6 feet
    42. Strings in lengths greater than 6 feet
    43. Lines in lengths greater than 6 feet
    44. Tapes in lengths greater than 6 feet
    45. Glass bottles
    46. Ornaments
    47. Light bulbs
    48. Ceramic vessels
    49. Padlocks
    50. Bicycle locking devices
    51. Chain locks
    52. Gas masks
    53. Tents
    54. Sleeping bags
    55. Sleeping pads
    56. Mattresses
    57. Cots
    58. Hammocks
    59. Bivy sacks
    60. Stoves
    61. Coolers
    62. Ice chests
    63. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size of 18" x 13" x 7"
    64. Lasers
    65. Non-plastic containers, bottles, cans, or thermoses
    66. Ladders
    67. Grappling hooks
    68. Sledgehammers
    69. Hammers
    70. Crowbars
    71. Canned goods
    72. Tennis balls