An unanimous vote amongst rule-makers for the town of Deerfield, IL, to ban semi-auto rifles, pistols and shotguns “with certain features,” as well as with magazines carrying over 10 rounds of ammunition has been enforced.
Passing Monday night, it outlaws any weapon the community leaders believe to be “assault weapons,” especially AR-15s. But they don’t stop there, they’re grabbing all “semi-automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns with certain features.”
“This is our fight. This is our generation’s fight, and we’re going to keep fighting,” said student Ariella Kharasch at a public hearing, who attends Deerfield High School. “Thank you for being part of that.”
Starting on June 13th, the new rule will be implemented and residents who decide to not comply by that date can face up to $1,ooo daily fines. Deerfield town’s rule-makers got the idea for the ban from one enforced in Highland Park, IL. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court; to which the high court let a lower court ruling allowing the ban stand.
“If Highland Park, if Deerfield, if more towns say no to this type of weapon, maybe the state of Illinois says no,” said town manager Kent Street. “Maybe the federal government says no.”
This new rule faces fierce opposition, though. “You are the bureaucrats that Thomas Jefferson warned us about,” said Deerfield resident Dan Cox.
“There were a lot of emotional arguments and not a lot based on fact,” said local Daniel Easterday. “Deerfield is a very crime free community, and I don’t see how this is going to make it any more crime free.”
“Larry Nordal of Deerfield cited their rights under the Second Amendment and expressed fear that more restrictive laws would be passed in the future,” the Chicago Tribune stated.
“The ordinance to store firearms was only passed for one reason,” Nordal said. “That was to have an amendatory vehicle that could be used in the future for just this purpose so you could banish assorted firearms in the future. First it’s going to be assault rifles. [There will be] new bans in the future. It’s just a matter of time.”