First big lawsuit is filed against Chicago suburb for its ‘assault weapon’ gun grab

It didn’t take long for a Chicago suburb to reap the consequences of its outrageous move to confiscate guns from its residents.

The Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city of Deerfield, Illinois following the passage of an amendment to its gun ordinance banning certain semi-automatic firearms, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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The surrender and confiscation ordinance allows residents 60 days to give up “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines or face a fine of up to $1,000 a day. Police are empowered to confiscate and destroy any that are found after the 60-day period, including in residents’ homes.

A 2013 Deerfield ordinance had allowed possession of “assault weapons” in one’s home if stored properly.

The Second Amendment Foundation along with the Illinois State Rifle Association and a gun-owner residing in the village brought the suit against Deerfield for violating Illinois’ preemption law.

“We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flies in the face of state law,” SAF founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb said.

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“While the village is trying to disguise this as an amendment to an existing ordinance, it is, in fact, a new law that entirely bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense,” he said.

“The new ordinance also provides for confiscation and destruction of such firearms and their original capacity magazines,” he added. “What is particularly outrageous about this new law is that it levies fines of up to $1,000 a day against anyone who refuses to turn in their gun and magazines or move them out of the village by the time the ordinance takes effect in June. This certainly puts the lie to claims by anti-gunners that ‘nobody is coming to take your guns.'”

According to the Chicago Tribune:

In the Deerfield ordinance, the definition of an assault weapon includes, among others, semiautomatic rifles that have a fixed magazine with a capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition; shotguns with a revolving cylinder; and semiautomatic pistols and rifles that can accept large-capacity magazines and possess one of a list of other features. Among the dozens of specific models cited are the AR-15, AK-47 and Uzi, according to the ordinance.


Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday, who is part of the lawsuit, moved to Deerfield from Highland Park after that city banned assault weapons in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune. He believes holders of a concealed carry permit should be exempt under the new ordinance because of the stringent background checks and restrictions involved in getting the permits.

“We are literally the safest members of your community,” Easterday told village officials last month. “I’ve gone above and beyond the FOID [ Firearm Owners Identification] system of training and background checks.”


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