Deerfield, Illinois; Council Adds High Capacity Magazines to Ban
Deerfield trustees have amended wording in their now-halted ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, a move officials say clarifies the intent of the language.
The Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the changes termed a “cleanup” by Mayor Harriet Rosenthal in a little more than a minute and with little discussion Monday night.
The ban was originally passed by a unanimous vote April 2. Officials contended that it was an amendment of a 2013 ordinance “regulating ownership and possession of assault weapons,” according to the language of the amendment. This week’s change stipulates that large-capacity magazines as well as assault weapons are not allowed in the village
The legal battle is far from over, but for now, Legal firearm owners that were about to become criminals because of this heinous over reach by the would be Totalitarian Deerfield City Council, can rest a little easier.
After hearing arguments by the NRA and Guns Save Life, a Pro-2A group, the circuit court judge from Lake county issued a restraining order halting the enforcement of the unconstitutional city ordnance until the law suit can be decided fully.
The Chicago suburb recently passed a law, where AR-15’s and other firearms that look scary, along with a host of handguns, have to be transferred out of the village limits, turned over to the police, or destroyed.
Owning these firearms is not permitted within Deerfield and non-compliance could carry a $250-$1,000/ day fee. Yes, the National Rifle Association has joined a lawsuit against the provision. It’s absurd. Gun ownership has been banned in a slice of America. That’s grossly unconstitutional (via Chicago Tribune):
The ordinance enacted April 2 by the Deerfield Village Board gives residents until June 13 to turn in any guns that fit the village’s definition of assault weapons, remove them from the village or modify the guns so they’re no longer considered assault weapons. The ordinance empowers the town’s police chief to confiscate the assault weapons of anyone charged under the ordinance.
Owners found in violation can be fined up to $1,000 a day, according to the ordinance.
Two lawsuits were filed in April challenging the ordinance on various grounds, including a claim that the ordinance deprives gun owners of property they are legally entitled to possess. The plaintiffs in both lawsuits are asking for a temporary restraining order to block Deerfield from enforcing the ban until the court can hear their arguments for a permanent injunction.
A hearing to consider the restraining order motions is set for June 8, just days before the ban is set to take effect. (Read More)
“The fast-approaching compliance date compels plaintiffs to seek more immediate and intermediate relief until this matter can be fully heard on the merits,” said attorney David Sigale in a petition on behalf of Deerfield gun owner Daniel Easterday, the Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation.
Sigale’s petition notes that Deerfield residents in possession of the those weapons face prosecution, confiscation and destruction of their property and hefty monetary fines.