Ill. city passes gun control legislation in wake of Parkland

The village of Deerfield, Illinois recently banned the possession, sale and manufacture of so-called "assault weapons" and large capacity magazines by public ordinance


By PoliceOne Staff

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The village of Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago, recently banned the possession, sale and manufacture of so-called "assault weapons" and large capacity magazines by public ordinance in wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stone Douglas High School.

CBS News reported that anyone in Deerfield that does not give up a banned firearm will be fined $1,000 a day until the weapon is outside the village’s jurisdiction, beginning June 13, 2018.

"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,” according to the ordinance.

Deerfield’s ban passed unanimously.

The ban includes the following gun types and others:

  • Semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine and a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition
  • Shotguns with revolving cylinders
  • Conversion kits from which the firearms can be assembled.
  • 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

Antique handguns that have been rendered permanently inoperable and weapons designed for Olympic target shooting events are exempt.

Retired police officers are exempt from the Deerfield ban.

"We hope that our local decision helps spur state and national leaders to take steps to make our communities safer," Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said in a press release.

A nearby city, Highland Park, passed a similar ban in 2013. While the local government "assault weapon" ban was contested by a city resident with the Illinois State Rifle Association, the ordinance was upheld in court.

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