The Chicago suburb recently passed a law, where AR-15’s and other firearms that look scary, along with a host of handguns, have to be transferred out of the village limits, turned over to the police, or destroyed.
Owning these firearms is not permitted within Deerfield and non-compliance could carry a $250-$1,000/ day fee. Yes, the National Rifle Association has joined a lawsuit against the provision. It’s absurd. Gun ownership has been banned in a slice of America. That’s grossly unconstitutional (via Chicago Tribune):
The ordinance enacted April 2 by the Deerfield Village Board gives residents until June 13 to turn in any guns that fit the village’s definition of assault weapons, remove them from the village or modify the guns so they’re no longer considered assault weapons. The ordinance empowers the town’s police chief to confiscate the assault weapons of anyone charged under the ordinance.
Owners found in violation can be fined up to $1,000 a day, according to the ordinance.
Two lawsuits were filed in April challenging the ordinance on various grounds, including a claim that the ordinance deprives gun owners of property they are legally entitled to possess. The plaintiffs in both lawsuits are asking for a temporary restraining order to block Deerfield from enforcing the ban until the court can hear their arguments for a permanent injunction.
“The fast-approaching compliance date compels plaintiffs to seek more immediate and intermediate relief until this matter can be fully heard on the merits,” said attorney David Sigale in a petition on behalf of Deerfield gun owner Daniel Easterday, the Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation.
Sigale’s petition notes that Deerfield residents in possession of the those weapons face prosecution, confiscation and destruction of their property and hefty monetary fines.
This is one of the most horrendous Gun Control attempts I have seen in a long time. An ignorant and feeble minded attempt by anti-gun progressive leftist politicians. A moronic idea that is solely based on the cosmetic aesthetics of a firearm only. Not the form or function of the firearm whatsoever.
With this one ordnance, the village of Deerfield has turned dozens, if not hundreds of Legal, law abiding gun owners, into criminals.
I truly fear, that if the law enforcement and politicians of Deerfield try to enforce this bull shit law… that there will be blood in the streets. And THAT blood, is on the hands of the politicians of Deerfield who are too cowardly to go door to door with the LEO’s who will be asked to confiscate the firearms.