Gun groups want a restraining order against Deerfield’s assault weapons ban before it takes effect in 2 weeks

AR-15 rifles are banned under the village of Deerfield’s ban, which is set to take effect June 13. (Luke Sharrett / Bloomberg) Gun-rights advocacy groups are asking a Lake County Circuit Court judge to bar the village of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on assault weapons that is set to kick in June 13. 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. A hearing to consider the restraining order motions is set for June 8, just days before the ban is set to take effect. “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 […]

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