Court blocks Chicago suburb’s local ban on some semi-auto firearms
By Chris Eger
Residents of Deerfield had until June 13 to remove their newly prohibited guns and magazines from the village or risk punishment. Tuesday’s court order halted that while gun rights advocates seek a permanent injunction. (Photo: arcustoms.com)
An Illinois circuit court judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against a pending local ban on “assault weapons” just before it was to take effect.
The Lake County court blocked the looming prohibition which had been adopted by the village of Deerfield, some 25 miles North of Chicago, in response to a legal filing from a host of gun rights groups and local resident Daniel Easterday.
“We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flew in the face of state law,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb. “The village tried to disguise its extremism as an amendment to an existing ordinance. The ordinance bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.”
The Deerfield Village Board in April unanimously approved a local ordinance outlawing what it defined as “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines.” The ordinance banned the possession, sale, and manufacture of many semi-automatic firearms as well as most detachable magazines with a