Possible Sumter park gun ban may be stopped

The city attorney has told the Sumter City Council it may not be able to ban concealed weapons from city parks.

The council wanted to discuss the issue after a man with a concealed weapons permit shot and killed a dog not on a leash that he said was aggressive toward him last month in Memorial Park near downtown Sumter.

The man was not charged, but some in the city wondered if it was safe to allow concealed guns in the park.

The Sumter Item reports that city attorney Eric Shytle found an opinion from the state Attorney General's Office in 2010 saying local governments can't pass laws that differ from state law on concealed weapons.

Shytle says the opinion is not legally binding, but must be considered.