The New Black Panther Party plans to carry firearms while protesting during the Republican National Convention, if Ohio law deems it legal, according to a report by Reuters.

Reuters says several other protest groups claim they also plan to carry firearms next week.

"If it is an open state to carry, we will exercise our second amendment rights because there are other groups threatening to be there that are threatening to do harm to us," New Black Panther Party Chairman Hashim Nzinga told Reuters during a phone interview.

The New Black Panther Party says it only plans to arm itself in self-defense, Reuters says.

Ohio law permits open carry. Officials have already said citizens have a right to be lawfully armed outside the RNC's security zone. The secure perimeter wraps around Quicken Loans Arena, but the protest parade route stretches from the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge to E. 14th Street.