City Orders Citizens To Give Up 'Assault Weapons' In City-Wide Ban

A city board in Illinois banned "assault weapons" on Monday night.

Deerfield, IL – The Deerfield Village Board ordered a ban on “assault weapons” on Monday night, and said they planned to implement a hefty fine on residents who refuse to comply.

The board unanimously voted to ban certain semi-automatic firearms, which they considered to be “assault weapons,” WLS reported.

The ordinance included semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines capable of holding over 10 rounds of ammunition, and shotguns with revolving cylinders, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Rifles capable of accepting “large-capacity magazines” and a multitude of other features were also included in the ban, according to the paper.

The ban also hit some semiautomatic pistols, which primarily seemed to be targeting pistol variants of rifles and submachine guns. The ban covered pistols with off-hand gripping areas, barrel shrouds, or stocks.

"Large-capacity magazines" were defined as magazines that hold more than 10 bullets.

The amendment to the village’s gun ordinance also eradicated citizens’ rights to possess the magazines, WLS reported.

The board further declared that residents who refuse to comply with the ban will face a daily fine of up to $1,000.

Opponents of the ordinance argued that enacting the ban would actually leave the village less safe.

"You are the bureaucrats that Thomas Jefferson warned us about," Deerfield resident Dan Cox said. “Those that will strike away your rights, with the stroke of a pen.”

Resident James Smith agreed.

“This is oppression,” he told the board. “This is putting your thumb on people, and saying, ‘You are unworthy.’ This is bigotry.”

Resident Larry Nordahl cautioned that the ban was nothing more than a step towards future bans, according to the Deerfield Patch.

"First it's going to be assault rifles,” he warned. “Of course people who loath, hate, despise firearms are going to encourage new bans in the future. It's just a matter of time and the right political moment, the right political crisis."

Ninth-grader Cecilia Kowalik pointed out that the board’s decision to take weapons out of the hands of law-abiding citizens would do nothing to prevent criminals from causing harm to others.

"All too often we forget that criminals don't play by the rules,” she said. "These people are looking for populated groups with little to no protection, so this proposed ordinance will only serve to make us bigger targets and reduce the safety of the public in Deerfield."

Conversely, Deerfield High School student Ariella Kharasch thanked the board for their decision.

"This is our fight. This is our generation's fight, and we're going to keep fighting," she said.

Deerfield Village Manager Kent Street expressed hope that other areas of the country would follow Deerfield’s lead.

The ban is based off of a ban ordinance from Highland Park which survived a 2015 court battle that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"If Highland Park, if Deerfield, if more towns say no to this type of weapon, maybe the state of Illinois says no," he told WLS. "Maybe the federal government says no."

The board made one concession to the law, and said it would allow members of the military and retired law enforcement officers to retain their firearms, the Deerfield Patch reported.

The ban will go into effect June 13.

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Poileas
Poileas

I wonder how many active duty LEO, DOs, Corrections, National Gaurd, Reserves retired LEO and retired military are thinking "come suck the barrel of my gun" right now. I wouldn't give up shit. And I would enforce such an order either. Fuging white demokkkrats.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Attention Deerfield prisoners, all of you need to go to the PD and REPORT YOUR GUNS STOLEN!

whillman2007
whillman2007

There is no way this will become a law. It's a full violation of the 2nd. I'm not a lawyer but I see an injunction on this city counsel stupidity coming soon.

ZCore13
ZCore13

I would take a picture with my AR every day and send it to the city. Come get me.

DMiller
DMiller

So .22 rifles, which have the capability to hold larger magazines, are now a banned assault weapon.

robocop95
robocop95

This is going to cost the taxpayers in that town a lot of litigation money.

Kingster
Kingster

Welp time to move

gfc1963
gfc1963

But the criminals are allowed to have their guns? What a typical liberal idea - ban the good people from hacing guns but do nothing with the criminals! Criminals - you have now a free ride in this town.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

How stupid! They just opened themselves and the city to writing some really BIG checks to people who sue them. How do they think this will ever "fly?" Don't they have any attorneys on staff to tell them when they are in the "Danger Will Robinson!" area?

Tfthumbs
Tfthumbs

Hitler did this before WW11
What you are doing is creating the environment for a civil war.

Teufelhund
Teufelhund

From what I read there is no distinction made between 22's and any other "high capacity" magazine rifle.....so yep.

JebReed
JebReed

Hmmm. They just voted to turn a Law Abiding Citizens into Criminals for exercising their 2nd Amendment Rights. 2A is literally written for just this scenario. They never put it to Public Vote, just enacted it. So Taxation without Representation also. They have created a dangerous scenario that could spiral out of control. Imagine a stand off happens. And 2A supporters start pouring in. Boston Massacre potential.

CharlesEcho
CharlesEcho

Time to join the Illinois State Rifle Association and help them help you. They are leading the fight for Second Amendment rights in Illinois. Visit their web sight. Join or donate to the NRA, and the GOA. I'm sure this will see the courts if it's passed. These organizations need money and support. They all helped defeat Chicago's illegal bans in the past.

Vernon Butz
Vernon Butz

Well I would sell a couple of my weapons and pack up and move right on out of that place. When they start losing their tax base and can’t find people who want to move there and live without personal protection of their choice then they may walk back their laws.

Boogieman277
Boogieman277

Not to take advantage of the situation, but any Deerfield residents with AK-47 with wire stocks, I'm in the market.....

Hangthemhigh
Hangthemhigh

This is unconstitutional. it's a slap in the face to law abiding citizens most semi automatic pistols have a 15 round magazine which makes them illegal. When you remove guns from law abiding citizens ONLY CRIMINALS HAVE GUNS.I IMPLORE YOU PEOPLE MASS EXODUS FROM THIS UNAMERICAN SHIT HOLE HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS IN THE POCKET BOOK.IM SO GLAD I MOVED TO INDIANA.!!!!DICK ACT 1903 DO NOT STAND FOR THIS FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FUCK THE DEMOCRATS IF I LIVED THERE ID BE IN JAIL FOR MURDER I DARE YOU TO SHOW UP ON MY DOOR¡!!!!!! ILL BE GLAD TO FIRE THE FIRST SHOT FOR FREEDOM,OR TAKE THE FIRST BULLET.MY FORE FATHERS AND MILITARY BROTHERS DODNT LOOSE THEIR LIFES FOR THIS SHIT STAND UP AND START THE REVOLUTION

Hangthemhigh
Hangthemhigh

YOU GUYS VOTED FOR THESE FUCKS VOTE THEM OUT

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Good luck enforcing this one....idiots! Who do they think is going to go take guns, the cops? Don't think so!!! I would say to the fine law abiding citizens of that village.....MOVE!

prevail21
prevail21

Clearly this is infringement. Sad thing is that these politicians are more afraid of law abiding citizens that would never do harm to other law abiding Americans. Criminals will love to do crime in your city. And when they do, a wrongful death suit should be filked against these politicians as they would be directly responsible for taking away a person's legal right to defend themselves. Criminals can enter the home and not worry about being out gunned by a home owner. A legal gun owner will have less ammunition and a criminals will have more ammunition. Do the math.

DuhBigDog
DuhBigDog

I would not give up my weapons. I would start a movement to replace every Libtard that sits on this council. I would also pray that every one of them gets assaulted by someone with a bucket full of rocks just to see if they would ban rocks.

i am the walrus
i am the walrus

I would tell that council to set on it and rotate. You cannot take my 2A away.

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

Meanwhile criminals are laughing for too many reasons to list.

Surrounded312
Surrounded312

So, if it's ok for these towns to ignore the provisions of the IL CCW Act that clearly states no bans, based on pre-emption, than it's ok for the citizens of these towns to equally ignore the board's ignorance of the law....right? or are the laws of this country only for the citizens to follow, but not the govt??? I wouldn't give up SHIT!!

BobIn704
BobIn704

LOL!!! FUCK THEM! I will drop off my AX and my HAMMER as that is an ASSAULT WEAPON as well...guns.....don't think so! LOL...that is hilarious!!! I sure hope people don't fall for this violation against a US Citizen and simply carry on with life. People NEED TO UNDERSTAND They laws and our constitution .....

BobIn704
BobIn704

PEOPLE..just remember, just because something is past IT DOES NOT MAKE IT LEGAL!

Bear9249
Bear9249

I'll take any guns off your hands so you don't have them taken away! Bear9249@msn.com.

Blue Oath
Blue Oath

The lawsuits will hit hard

Steponme1995
Steponme1995

I hope the city council is ready for a big lawsuit! When a law abiding citizen is killed by a criminal, who still have these types of weapons or if a law abiding citizen is killed by any weapon; because the city council took their one line of defense against a criminal, I hope the family sue the crap out of these city council people personally and the city itself!

Blueintexas
Blueintexas

They would get my bullets first....

actseattle
actseattle

They have violated their oaths of office and need to be removed if they actually go through with this unconstitutional attack.

PB62
PB62

City should be sued for taking away the citizens rights to bear arms. All of those old people on the bench should know this!!!

Freighttrain611
Freighttrain611

well,Maybe it is time the citizens of that city stand up WITH these Weapons and show them what the true purpose of the 2nd amendment is about. Show up at city hall armed to the teeth and make a citizens arrest expelling all those that voted for the ban from the government.

Boone1776
Boone1776

The board made one concession to the law and said it would allow members of the military and retired law enforcement officers to retain their firearms, If they are to make laws, then the law applies to everyone, BUT PERSONLY I DON'T THINK IT'S GONNA FLY, their just asking for trouble, it won't pass nationally and it sure as hell ain't gonna pass by a damn city, who the hell do they think they are, they can shove their law up there butts.

Boone1776
Boone1776
LorrieJ
LorrieJ

I hope they start in Chicago then with all the gang members. Bahahaha that will never happen. Oh BTW Illinois no such thing as an assault weapon my ARs have never assualted anyone

Susan P
Susan P

I sincerely hope that the legal firearm owning citizens of Deerfield file a lawsuit against the Village Board. The Supreme Court has a slightly different makeup now than when Hillsdale got away with infringing the rights of its citizens. I believe the outcome will be different now. By denying law abiding citizens of their God given right to self protection, they have made their community a bigger target for criminals.
i moved out of Illinois in 2016. Best decision I ever made.

brianbonner
brianbonner

Your existence is a assault weapon

mwatland
mwatland

Recall petition for those involved to be removed from office at once should started.

2ASURPLUS
2ASURPLUS

McDonald v. City of Chicago
Main article: McDonald v. City of Chicago

In June 2010, a Chicago law that banned handguns was struck down. The ruling stated that "The Fourteenth Amendment makes the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms fully applicable to the States."

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Tell the city council to come and get them.

GaDoc
GaDoc

MOLON LABE!

CoreyP
CoreyP

No way. If they file a lawsuit against the city, there's no way that law can stand. If that's not the case, then this will set a precedent that will change this country forever. There are too many Americans that won't accept this, they will band together and the police force and military will be forced to choose a side. Follow orders or join the resistance.

JunkYardDog85
JunkYardDog85

Why does anyone “NEED” an AR-15?

To anyone who understands how the bill of rights work the, “Why does anyone “NEED” an AR-15" question is mind-numbingly annoying. As Americans, we’ve become victims of our success, where we take our rights for granted. Simple concepts like the Right to Bear Arms in the minds of many people have become The Privilege to Bear arms, where they think gun owners have to justify a “NEED” for every aspect of the 2nd Amendment; Especially when it comes to the AR-15. As gun owners, we can justify exactly why we “NEED” an AR-15, but we don’t have to because it’s not called the Bill of needs, it’s called the BILL OF RIGHTS!

david.hickman
david.hickman

This pinhead ordinance will not survive a court challenge.

111NOS
111NOS

I am sure everyone is on their way or will be soon to hand over their guns to you. My what a bunch of dumb fuks.

fyrmedman
fyrmedman

These Ol folks are just out of touch and overstepping their authority. Come and get them fools!