A pro-gun group has filed a federal lawsuit against a Chicago suburb that banned so-called “assault rifles” as well as high-capacity magazines, a press release stated.
The Second Amendment Foundation made the announcement just days after Deerfield, Illinois passed the ban, saying that it violated state law.
“The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit against the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois seeking an injunction against enforcement of the ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’ and ‘large capacity magazines’ adopted by the Village Board of Trustees earlier this week,” the statement read.
“Joining SAF in the legal challenge is the Illinois State Rifle Association and a private citizen, Daniel Easterday, who resides in the village and is a gun owner.”
According to WLS-TV, residents who refuse to comply with the ban would face a fine of up to $1,000 a day. Village leaders have the power to decide what qualifies as an “assault weapon.”
Liberals in Deerfield were ecstatic at the meeting where the ban was passed.
“This is our fight. This is our generation’s fight, and we’re going to keep fighting,” anti-gun Deerfield High School student Ariella Kharasch told the village leaders. “Thank you for being part of that.”
“If Highland Park, if Deerfield, if more towns say no to this type of weapon, maybe the state of Illinois says no,” Deerfield Village Manager Kent Street said. “Maybe the federal government says no.”
While a previous Deerfield gun-grabbing ordinance covering high-powered weapons survived scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015, the Second Amendment Foundation’s lawsuit focuses on a provision in state law.
“The lawsuit challenges the village ban under a 2013 amended state statute that declared ‘the regulation of the possession or ownership of assault weapons are exclusive powers and functions of this State. Any ordinance or regulation, or portion of that ordinance or regulation, that purports to regulate the possession or ownership of assault weapons in a manner that is inconsistent with this Act, shall be invalid.,’” the press release notes.
“We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flies in the face of state law,” Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb is quoted as saying in the press release.
“While the village is trying to disguise this as an amendment to an existing ordinance, it is, in fact, a new law that entirely bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.
“The new ordinance also provides for confiscation and destruction of such firearms and their original capacity magazines,” he continued.
“What is particularly outrageous about this new law is that it levies fines of up to $1,000 a day against anyone who refuses to turn in their gun and magazines or move them out of the village by the time the ordinance takes effect in June. This certainly puts the lie to claims by anti-gunners that ‘nobody is coming to take your guns.’”
Deerfield resident Dan Cox may have put it best. At the same village meeting where liberals were doing a victory lap, he issued a stern warning to those who would take their guns away.
“You are the bureaucrats that Thomas Jefferson warned us about,” Cox said.
And now, if the Second Amendment Foundation has any say in it, they’re going to pay.
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