Deerfield Illinois Has Illegally Banned Certain Guns

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A village north of Chicago is demanding residents hand over their ‘assault weapons’ after declaring that it is unlawful to safely own the firearms, or use them in self defense.

On April 2nd, Deerfield Illinois voted to amend an ordinance that dealt with the storage, transport and handling of dozens of specific weapons to make it illegal to own them outright. They will be handing down huge daily fines to gun owners who refuse to give up their weapons, and local gun rights group Guns Save Lives have already filed a lawsuit against the town and have earned the support of the NRA.

Deerfield, Illinois

The village of Deerfield is 25 miles north of Chicago with a population of approximately 19,000. Though small, the village is home to the headquarters of several brands including Walgreens and Caterpillar.

In 1979, Deerfield declared a “no kissing zone” at their train station due to complaints of couples spending too long saying goodbye at the drop-off.

Residents Must Surrender ‘Assault Weapons’

With the passing of the local decree, residents of Deerfield are being unconstitutionally compelled to give up their guns to authorities in the next 60 days or face a fine. Of course, there is no such thing as an ‘authority’ who is entitled to take part in such an activity, because this isn’t communist Russia.

For every day over that limit that residents do not hand over their weapons, fines range from $250 a day to $1000 a day.

Amendment on Previous Ordinance

The vote was not to install an entirely new set of rules, but is an outrageous update on an existing ordinance passed in 2013. Remarkably, the update gets rid of the ownership exemption in the case of self defense. This is the exact language that they have removed:

“Self defense exception. No person shall be punished for a violation of this section if an assault weapon is used in a lawful act of self defense of in defense of another.”

That’s gone now.

As well, they have written out and manipulated the wording discussing the safe storage of ‘assault weapons,’ saying that it is now “unlawful to possess, bear, manufacture, sell, transfer, transport, store or keep any assault weapon in the Village.” Previously, the ordinance continued that “unlawful” list with “unless…” the weapon was stored securely.

And as a finishing touch, the only way that you can transport ‘ assault weapon’s are if they are “broken down in a non-functioning state, AND [they] are not immediately accessible to any person; or they are unloaded and enclosed in a case, firearm carrying box, shipping box, or other container by a person who has been issued a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.”

What are ‘ Assault Weapons?’

According to Deerfield, an ‘Assault Weapon’ means:

  1. A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a large capacity magazine detachable or otherwise…
  2. A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition.
  3. A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine…
  4. A semiautomatic shotgun…
  5. Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
  6. Conversion kit, or combination of parts, from which an assault weapon can be assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.
  7. Shall including, but not limited to, the assault weapons models identified as follows:
    1. The following rifles or copies or duplicates thereof:
      1. [the list of firearms includes AK-47, AR-10, AR-15, AR70, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, Uzi, Ruger Mini-14, SKS with detachable magazine, TEC-9, Armsel Striker 12, Street Sweeper]

What a list! Deerfield must have missed the memo that the street sweeper is already heavily regulated by the ATF due to its declaration of being a “destructive device” under the National Firearms Act with no sporting purpose.

NRA Supporting Counter Lawsuit

After Deerfield politicians voted in support of this ban, Ilinois-based rights group Guns Save Lives stepped up to announce that they had filed a lawsuit against the village for amending the already existing 2013 ordinance on gun ownership.

[READ MORE: How David Hogg Saved The NRA]

President of Guns Save Lives, John Boch, said this:

“We are going to fight this ordinance, which clearly violates our member’s constitutional rights, and with the help of the NRA I believe we can secure a victory for law-abiding gun owners in and around Deerfield.”

Sources: Zero Hedge, Wikipedia, NRA, Deerfield Official Website

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