Illinois Supreme Court agrees to hear Deerfield’s assault weapons ban

Illinois Supreme Court agrees to hear Deerfield’s assault weapons ban

File Photo – Village of Deerfield The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday regarding Deerfield’s ordinance banning assault weapons, which allows fines of $250-$1,000 a day for violators. In 2013, the Deerfield Village Board passed an ordinance that regulated assault weapons and created certain measures that had to be taken when transporting or storing them. In 2018, the Deerfield Village Board amended the 2013 ordinance to prohibit the possession, sale and manufacturing of certain types of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The ordinance allowed the village to fine violators $250-$1,000 a day. A lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs Daniel Easterday, the Illinois State Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation Inc., Guns Save Lifes, Inc. and John Wombacher. The suit challenged Deerfield’s authority and said they violated state law that forbids municipalities from enacting new assault weapon regulations after July 20, 2013. Deerfield argued that the ban was simply an amendment to the town’s existing regulations on storing and transporting the guns and not a new amendment. In March 2019, a Lake County judge ruled that Deerfield created a new law rather than amending it, and the ordinance could not be enforced. Last December, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the ruling and agreed that the Illinois State Legislature allowed for home rule units, like Deerfield, to regulate assault weapons, including complete bans if they followed the correct statutory process. The appellate court also found that Deerfield acted lawfully by enacting a regulation within the 10-day period following the adoption of […]

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