Another day, another Illinois gun grab. This time on a local level in the suburb of Deerfield, situated 30 miles NorthWest of Chicago. CBS news is reporting that the suburb of Deerfield has voted to ban “assault weapons” within the city limits, but wait, there’s more! They have also taken it upon themselves to monetarily punish those citizens who decide they don’t want to comply with the newly instituted ordnance. More from CBS:
“The Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois voted on Monday to ban the possession, sale, and manufacture of assault weapons and large capacity magazines to “increase the public’s sense of safety.” What’s more, CBS Chicago reports, anyone refusing to give up their banned firearm will be fined $1,000 a day until the weapon is handed over or removed from the town’s limits.
The ordinance states, “The possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia.”
So, beginning June 13, banned assault weapons in Deerfield will include semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine and a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, shotguns with revolving cylinders, and conversion kits from which assault weapons can be assembled. And those are just a few of the firearm varieties banned. The list is long and includes all the following models or duplicates thereof: AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, Misr, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR, AR-10, AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, Olympic Arms PCR, AR70, Calico Liberty, Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle, Dragunov SVU, Fabrique NationalFN/FAL, FN/LAR, FNC, Hi-Point Carbine, HK-91, Kel-Tec Sub Rifle, SAR-8, Sturm, Ruger Mini-14, and more.”
You would hope that something such as this would be viewed as unconstitutional but, as CBS further reports, there is precedence in the state to uphold such a ban:
“The nearby suburb of Highland Park passed a similar ban in 2013, which was contested as unconstitutional by one of the city’s residents and the Illinois State Rifle Association. Ultimately, however, the ordinance was upheld in court.”
Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like your best bet as an Illinois resident, who is also a gun owner, is to start looking at relocation. If you lived in Deerfield and owned one of the newly banned items, would you comply? Let us know in the comments below.