Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Assault Weapons Ban In Deerfield

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Assault Weapons Ban In Deerfield

DEERFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an ordinance in north suburban Deerfield that bans assault weapons. The ordinance was passed in 2018 , but did not go into effect until Dec. 7, 2020, when the Illinois Appellate Court reversed a ruling by a Lake County Circuit Court judge that blocked the ordinance/a>. READ MORE: After the ordinance was passed in 2018, the National Rifle Association teamed up with lawyers representing a Deerfield gun owner John William Wombacher III and firearm rights group Guns Save Life to prevent it from going into effect. Village attorneys had argued the ordinance merely amended a 2013 ordinance that regulates the storage of assault weapons. They said the new ordinance was a response to the concerns of residents that arose in the wake of recent mass shootings at the time – in particular the mass shooting that killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The plaintiffs fighting the ordinance did not challenge its validity or constitutionality under the Second Amendment, but rather questioned the village’s authority to enact such an ordinance under Illinois state home rule provisions. However, opponents of the ordinance did say back in 2018 that it violated the Second Amendment, as well as a provision of the Illinois Constitution protecting private property from seizure without “just compensation.” The Supreme Court ruling was a 3-3 tie, with one justice recusing himself. The village said this effectively affirms the earlier Second District Illinois Appellate Court […]

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