- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Ghouls, clowns and zombies will take over an Aberdeen park this weekend for an annual Halloween event, but gun props will be missing this year.

The Optimist Club, which hosts the “Haunted Forest,” is honoring a police request to nix anything that simulates gunfire, the Aberdeen News (https://bit.ly/2esGeub ) reported.

Aberdeen Police Chief Dave McNeil said there isn’t a law preventing concealed weapons at parks. But anyone attending the event with a concealed handgun must follow applicable laws, and have a permit, said McNeil.

“There are countless ways someone could get themselves in trouble if they weren’t following the law,” he said.

According to McNeil simulated firearms are a safety concern because it would be difficult to determine if there was gunfire that wasn’t part of the event.

McNeil said the police department is going to have extra staff at the event and will provide additional lighting in the parking lot to keep suspicious behavior to a minimum.

“With large-scale events in this day and age, it’s good planning and practice to have law enforcement on hand,” he said.

The event takes place Friday and Saturday.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com


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