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Friday, April 6, 2018
Deerfield bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
Owners of assault weapons living in
north suburban Deerfield (Chicago area) have until June 13 to remove the
firearms from within village limits or face daily fines after a ban was
approved Monday night.
The Village Board of Trustees
unanimously approved a ban on certain types of assault weapons and
high-capacity magazines, amending a 2013 ordinance that regulated the storage
of those items.
Scary, right? All these killers on a table. Lock 'em up!
The new ordinance prohibits the
possession, sale and manufacturing of certain types of assault weapons and
large capacity magazines within the village, according to the ordinance. One
change from the law as it was originally discussed exempts retired police
officers from the ban, according to Village Manager Kent Street.
Violations carry a fine of between
$250 and $1,000 per day, according to Matthew Rose, the village attorney. He
said the fine is levied each day until there is compliance.
Street said the new law is modeled
after one approved by Highland Park in 2013. That ban survived a legal
challenge by one of the city’s residents and the Illinois State Rifle
Association. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that legislation
constitutional and the U.S. Supreme Court let the decision stand when it
declined to take up the appeal.
Unlike Highland Park, Deerfield opted
not to enact a total ban on assault weapons during a 10-day window that
Illinois lawmakers’ gave home-rule municipalities in 2013 before the state’s
new Firearm Concealed Carry Act eliminated their ability to do so.
However, Deerfield trustees did enact
an ordinance defining assault weapons and requiring the safe storage and safe
transportation of those weapons within the village. That measure, which was
enacted during the permitted time frame, preserved Deerfield's right to amend
the ordinance in the future, Street previously said.
“This is not only held constitutional
by the Seventh Circuit but similar laws have been ruled constitutional in
California, the District of Columbia and Maryland,” Rose said last month.
The original resolution said that
since Deerfield enacted its regulations, “assault weapons have been
increasingly used in an alarming number of notorious mass shooting incidents at
public schools, public venues, places of worship and places of public
In the ordinance, the definition of
an assault weapon includes, among others, semiautomatic rifles that have a
fixed magazine with a capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition;
shotguns with a revolving cylinder; and semiautomatic pistols and rifles that
can accept large-capacity magazines and possess one of a list of other
features. Among the dozens of specific models cited are the AR-15, AK-47 and
Uzi, according to the ordinance.
Harriet Rosenthal--Deerfield Mayor
The rationale mentions four recent
shooting incidents that have claimed a total of 150 lives: The shootings at
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead; a massacre at the First
Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas that killed 26 people; the Las
Vegas music festival shooting that left 58 dead and the Pulse Nightclub mass
shooting in Orlando, Fla. that killed 49 people.
Though the trustees had virtually no
debate Monday night, more than 70 people attended the meeting. Of the 20 people
who spoke, 14 were opposed to the ordinance and six supported it. Eight of 14
people who expressed opposition to the ban said they lived outside Deerfield.
Opponents of the ban like Larry
Nordal of Deerfield cited their rights under the Second Amendment and expressed
fear that more restrictive laws would be passed in the future.
“The ordinance to store firearms was
only passed for one reason,” Nordal said. “That was to have an amendatory
vehicle that could be used in the future for just this purpose so you could
banish assorted firearms in the future. First it’s going to be assault rifles.
(There will be) new bans in the future. It’s just a matter of time.”
Ariella Kharasch, a Deerfield High
School senior who favors the legislation, said she wants more action both on a
local and national level.
“This is our fight,” Kharasch said.
“This is our generation’s fight. We’re going to keep fighting and this is part
of it. Change happens gradually step by step. The fight does not end at the
borders of our village.”
Joel Siegel of Lincolnwood said
governments in other countries have banned weapons and then proceeded to use
weapons against defenseless citizens. He urged civil disobedience as a way to
“There’s an ancient and honored
American tradition called disobeying an unjust law,” Siegel said. “I have urged
(people) to listen to their conscience and if so moved do not obey this law.”
Mike Weisman, a Glen Ellyn resident
and a board member of the Illinois State Rifle Association said Deerfield
should be prepared for a lawsuit like the one filed against neighboring
Highland Park. That city received assistance with its legal defense from gun
violence prevention organizations, according to Street.
While the trustees did not discuss
their reasons for supporting the ordinance at this meeting, Trustee Barbara
Struthers said she knew of people who were opposed but chose not to come and
speak because it would subject them to ridicule in the community. She wants
none of that.
“I’m going to vote for the ordinance
but people who disagree with the gun owners should not be beating them over the
head just because they disagree,” Struthers said.
Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal has
previously stated that she decided to take up the ban after the Feb. 14 school
shooting in Parkland, Fla.
“Enough is enough,” Rosenthal said
when the ban was first discussed. “Those students are so articulate just like
our students. There is no place here for assault weapons.”
Ed. So, liberal politicians in Deerfield are transforming law-abiding citizens into
criminals while liberal bureaucrats and school officials adhere to the Promise Program and by refusing to prosecute crimes, transform student criminals into 'law-abiding' citizens.