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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LaneysSis
LaneysSis

In Illinois? HAHAHAHAHAHAH that's rich.

Brechlintom2
Brechlintom2

Saul Alinsky”s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state 4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

Fedup1
Fedup1

It is a Blue state, So no surprise on by me.

BETTY
BETTY

Remember these same people are armed. that are taking your guns.

Philc5eng
Philc5eng

How are they going to know who has what? Only the dumbest would ay any attention to this. It’s still illegal to search and seize without permission..

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

This is simply hilarious. Someone load them back on the bus and take them back to the home....

EricD_SD
EricD_SD

Someone needs to be filing NOW. It took 32 years to reverse the DC Handgun ban. So they need this in before they try to enforce it.

Bitexpert3
Bitexpert3

if they ban assault weapons do that mean i have to get rid of my assault TV tray and my assault microwave

HumanRobot
HumanRobot

I had the luxury of calling the Village Manager's office at 847.719.7400 and asked them how they can use the Bill of Rights of due process of law in their favor and we cannot use the SAME Bill of Rights in our favor..No Answer. I asked if I surrendered my AR15-Would they offer me 100% protection against criminals? How am I guaranteed 100% Protection? No Answer. I asked if I can sue if I or a family member was a victim of crime on my property and was not afforded the right to protect myself due to their vicarious liability of removing our right to defend ourself with a rifle? No Answer. I asked how they came to a conclusion if they cannot even offer simple answers and their response was they adopted this idea from a neighboring city who has implemented the same ordinance for 5 years. I dont think they thought this out but it is nice to know you can commit a crime much easier in Deerfield.

RKM2000
RKM2000

So are they going to put police officers on OT at the tax payers expense to go through decades of FFL records to find the people who own them, are they going to get search warrants so they can fine and/or confiscate them? Didn't Hitler do something similar in WWII ?!?!

ScooterTramp
ScooterTramp
Divinggets
Divinggets

Every gun owner should get together and hire, as a group, a good law firm to sue the city for violating--without authority--their constitutional rights. Make the city pay for such a heavy handed, unlawful over-reach.

DeerfieldIzNotWorthy
DeerfieldIzNotWorthy

Now that it is confirmed the NRA is going to get involved. I'm looking forward to them addressing this head on. I reached out to them approximately 2 weeks ago pleading that they send a representative to the Deerfield meeting. Unfortunately nobody called me back. But now that this story has some legs, they are fully invested. Note to Deerfield (Unfortunately my town) the NRA has very deep pockets and the lawsuit that will ensue, it's us the residents that will have to foot the Bill in something we don't believe in. My money is on the NRA.

RonH
RonH

We have a 2nd amendment for exactly what these clueless lawmakers just did, to use against any that try to take away our freedom. What they just did is why we have the 2nd amendment, to protect ourselves and our family from any government that would try to take away our freedoms and rights, even our own. Wouldn't any corrupted government or lawmakers want to disarm their citizens ? They sure would, and have in the past, corruption is far easier to carry out when you don't need to fear armed citizens intervening.

uhccmsl
uhccmsl

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
And without this amendment to the US Constitution, the First is nothing more than words on a page !!!

Obviously, these idiots cannot read, let alone comprehend !!!

Southside Steve
Southside Steve

Like Leonidas the king of Sparta said to the Persians at Thermopylae...."Molon Labe...."Come and take them!"

Dan360
Dan360

Did the Deerfield liberal politicians come together with an open mind in an effort to understand what our Founding Fathers intended when they added the 2nd. Amendment to the Bill of Rights? I really don't think so. I believe the Deerfield liberal politicians came together and worked with Lawyers for the sole purpose of pushing what everyone knows is the liberal agenda of making laws that will remove as many firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens. I believe the following was from 'dailymail.com' not verbatim. "The Musklocks and flintlock pistols that our Founding Fathers used during that time in history were better firearms than they previously had, they witnessed those as advancements in firearms and knew more advancements in the firearm industry were to come." Those firearms were used by both the Military and the common man so to say that our Founding Fathers didn't mean for the common man to own those firearms is just not so. The Illinois firearm owners of today excluding those who may be grandfathered in, Police, and those with special firearm licenses do not own a Military style M16 that shoots automatic fire. The firearms that the Deerfield liberal politicians want to remove from the hands of its citizens are not just the AR & AK non-Military style rifles that liberals falsely claim to be the same as those used in the Military, there are also many handguns, rifles and some shotguns that the Military have never used but Deerfield liberal politicians deemed that responsible law-abiding citizens should not own because they said so. The 2nd. Amendment says "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" did they miss or not understand the meaning of "shall not be infringed". Attacking the rights of law-abiding citizens is not the answer, it's much easier though than trying to find out which criminals own firearms or to just blame the criminal who commits a mass shooting. Deerfield's liberal politicians are not only taking away the law-abiding citizen's right to own and to use their firearm in self-defense situations but also taking away the love and passion law-abiding citizens have for the shooting sports from competition shooting, hunting, target practice, or even those who collect firearms that Deerfield liberals added to their list, and I'm sure more will be added. Our Founding Fathers didn't fine, arrest and/or disarm responsible law-abiding citizens of their legally purchased firearms as Deerfield liberal politicians are doing today. Will "We The People" keep our Liberties and Freedoms, not if this continues, All those supporting the liberal agenda of disarming law-abiding of these United States has to be made known and their opponent supported when they're up for reelection. These Deerfield liberal politicians are weak and shouldn't be in a leadership position as their first response is to sacrifice our Freedoms, something our Founding Fathers would have never done and would never allow one like these to be in any leadership position in these United States and neither should we. God Bless America.

TexasGirl8
TexasGirl8

REVOLT! REVOLT! REVOLT!
Do these people not understand what the 2nd Amendment is for? If they want a bloody war, maybe we should give it to them. We can not allow this to happen, if we do, it will spread like fire. NIP IT IN THE BUD NOW! Anyone who thinks to come into MY home and take what IS MINE will not live another minute. I hope enough patriots stand up NOW and say "Enough is enough."

Ps2000man
Ps2000man

How about paying what the people dished out for the guns? No they just want to take them n say f u.. then all those guns will be sold. You think they will be destroyed? think again.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm confused, someone help me understand.

If the lawmakers are banning assault weapons in a suburb of Chicago, wouldn't that be a good thing? After all, all of you would agree that Chicago has high gun crime. Wouldn't be a way to curb some of that?

Tpasq
Tpasq

There is only one way to take my weapons. Are you ready to make the ultimate sacrifice?

David Brown
David Brown

So can they tell us just what guns have the actual label as 'assault weapon'? Any gun or other item can be used as a weapon to 'ASSAULT' someone.

kathy1954$$$
kathy1954$$$

The Chicago area does NOT have law abiding citizens causing the high gun crime. The citizens causing the crime will NOT turn in any guns OR pay any fines. UNDERSTAND now

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@kathy1954$$$
So you're under the impression that every single person in this bumfuck town is legally conducting themselves with regards to firearms? Don't be silly, clown.

UNDERSTAND NOW that you can no longer both complain about Chicago Gun violence (which is nothing compared to the "other side" and their drug abuse problems) and banning of assault weapons. Can't have it both ways.

slammer48
slammer48

You can't really be serious. They take the guns from the LAW-ABIDING citizen, while leaving them in the hands of the criminals, and that'l make you safer??? There's no deterrent! The police will react AFTER the crime!! Laws aren't going to stop criminals!!!!

DirtyDeeg
DirtyDeeg

Send them a message. Everyone in Deerfield against this should call up a Realestate agent and have them list your house for Sale. Set your own price.

Schimdog
Schimdog

Chicago does have strict gun laws, but they do have high gun crime. The gun laws do not affect criminals. They only affect law abiding citizens. A criminal is one who breaks the law. Criminals do not care about laws.

Nphillips
Nphillips

Isn't it interesting how so many supporting the ban are all posting the EXACT SAME POST?

This is organized, people.

sweettimage
sweettimage

This law Unconstitutionally harms more than just the banning of guns; our Leadership; demonstrate willfully; by banning murdering weapons of any kind? Are Twinkies gonna be banned again? Governments interference ruined the original taste & quality; citizen liked about them! All because of obesity.
To make all citizens lives matter; not by murder should be the ISSUE.
Try ISSUE ORDER for SELF-CONTROL in our schools! Actions for Failure of any authority ignorance for Willingly or Unwillingly allowing any child's mental tortured actions.

      The solution is to help our children with coping abilities & how to address life problems.                                   Parents; teachers; Authority along with mean/ bullies must learn an follow to be released of any charges brought against for failing to act humanely responsible; living together on this planet!                 
         Parents; teachers; Authority figures must teach & reinforce  The important to teach Human or not all lives matter; to Children.   Failure to stop concerns about childrens pain & safety should be punished by LAW.  

Problem is people are too sensitive Failing to take responsible actions for oneself; easily tempered to justify inhumanly humanity.

  The world is full of corruption & selfishness.  
james Douglas
james Douglas

#1. the comment section is almost entirely made up of people who can't read and comprehend a simple article.(this law bans a tiny fraction of gun and ammo choices, based on a similar law that has been to the supreme court) #2. they are almost all calling for open rebellion on a police website.(so they must not be real smart) #3. in spite of running their mouths about the constitution, they don't know how government works.(they must be Trump supporters, mostly) #4. these are exactly the people we need to get rid of. (please show up armed , in Deerfield on the appointed day) #5. dont be late!

james Douglas
james Douglas

George Soros paid me, don't tell me you are doing this for nothing? Sucker!

james Douglas
james Douglas

Well, god does't answer prayers for even good stuff like, please cure my cancer....so I don't feel unsafe, from a moron like you. Even though you are dangerously stupid, it's mostly a danger to yourself...

Bigleybarber21
Bigleybarber21

Try taking ur own advice and try to read other peoples posts, when they dare disagree with ur condescending ass opion. Here go's, listen close snowflake.....making laws to ban weapons, has fucking zero effect on a person who intends to murder other people. See, u would think, since u have such a supperior intellect, if they are serious about commuting murder, why would it matter that the damn weapon is illegal? U see, murder, or even shooting a weapon in public at other people,,is illegal, so why do u think they would be at all affected by the gun being illegal. Now, and this is the most important reason, we were given all these rights, to PROTECT US FR OUR OWN GOVERMENT/MILITARY. So why in hell would we let the very tyrants we need the guns to PROTECT US from, dictate what protection we are able to have? U see, u apparently haven't even been able to comprehend the very clear message, the 2nd amendment was written for. The goverment dosnt give us our gun rights, as tbe,amendment states, these are god given rights, not goverment given. This goverment was formed to serve us, not to decide what rights we receive. Stop being so gulabul.

LarryNut
LarryNut

The NRA is going to fight this in court. The NRA needs to go after the city for attorney costs as well as getting this unconstitutional law removed. If it winds up costing the city a couple of million dollars, that will make them think before they violate the Constitution again.

LarryNut
LarryNut

Taking away the constitutional rights of American citizens is always bad and always wrong. What if the city decided to take away its citizens First Amendment rights instead of their Second Amendment rights? Would you say that since it is so close to Chicago that the city should take away its citizens First Amendment rights or since it is a high crime area, remove their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights?