In the US it's totally fine to walk round like this… on troveshop

An armed man chats with press (Picture: Getty)

What would you do if you saw somebody armed with this terrifying weapon?

Run for cover? Call the police?

Well, where the heavily armed man is, in Ohio, it’s completely legal to walk around with the rife – so long as he has a license.

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The man with the gun is Steve Thacker, 57.

Despite his rather intimidating appearance, Thacker is an IT engineer.

He’s also a member of a group supporting the carrying of weapons.

This image was taken as he openly chatted with press ahead of the Republican National convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

It prompted a lot of questioning of the law:

Steve Thacker cradles his rifle (Picture: Getty)

An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media.

The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18.

The Cleveland Police Union have called for a ban on the open-carry of weapons in light of the targeted attacks on police in both Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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Ohio Govenor John Kasich says he doesn’t have authority to suspend the state’s law allowing people to openly carry guns.

The request by union president Steve Loomis, but Kasich says Ohio governors don’t have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or laws.

Ohio is an open-carry state (Picture: Getty)

Kasich, a Republican, called law enforcement a noble and essential calling and said people are grieving again after new attacks on officers.

He added that the bonds between communities and police must be reset and rebuilt.

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