Illinois Town Passes Sweeping Anti-Gun Ordinance: Citizens to Surrender Weapons or Face Steep Fines

After every mass shooting, the left’s gun-control mania usually fizzles out with little or no legislation pushed through. 

But in the small town of Deerfield, Illinois anti-Second Amendment activists are getting their way. On April 2, a unanimous decision was reached by the Deerfield Village Board to ban all assault weapons and “large capacity magazines.”

The ordinance reads:

“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.”

Several pro-gun organizations filed a lawsuit in response to the ordinance, but were quickly dismissed just several days later by a federal judge who stated that the weapons being outlawed in Deerfield are “not within the scope of the personal right to ‘bear Arms’ under the Second Amendment.”

This comes on the heels of recent mass shootings, most notably in Parkland, Fla. In fact, Deerfield’s mayor, Harriet Rosenthal, stated that the gun ban was a direct response to that incident. 

Rosenthal was re-elected to a third term as mayor in 2016 after running uncontested

Many are not taking this ban very well, with one man even offering his help in case law enforcement attempted to confiscate residents’ weapons.

As it stands, the penalty for continuing to own these weapons is a fine of $200 to $1,000 dollars per day, according to the ordinance. 

Feature image: Deerfield mayor Harriet Rosenthal, via Chicago Tribune

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