Column: Sarasota County Park's officials accused of violating preemption law

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Bill Chamberlain, a 51-year-old painting contractor and Sarasota native, has been banned from shooting his Barrett .50 caliber rifle at the range at Knight’s Trail Park. Sarasota County Parks officials instituted the ban six months ago. Gun rights experts say the ban may violate the state’s preemption law, which prohibits local governments from regulating firearms.COURTESY PHOTO

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9:50 a.m.

At first, Sarasota County parks officials banned Bill Chamberlain from shooting his .50 caliber Barrett M82-A1 at Knight’s Trail Park.

Chamberlain didn’t shoot his $11,000 rifle/scope combo at the popular rifle …read more