A town in Illinois has taken the fight to strip citizens of their Second Amendment rights a step further than most. Deerfield, IL recently banned what it termed “assault weapons” within town borders – this ordinance is not just for new purchases, but for existing firearms as well.
Residents living within the borders of Deerfield, Illinois (roughly 19,000 people) have been given until June 13th to get rid of their guns. After that date, the town proposes to fine gun owners $1,000 per day.
The assault on the Second Amendment rights of citizens did not go unnoticed, the NRA and other prominent rights groups responded to the town’s new law:
“Every law-abiding villager of Deerfield has the right to protect themselves, their homes, and their loved ones with the firearm that best suits their needs,” Chris W. Cox, NRA.
A town resident filed a challenge to the ordinance last week, stating that the village does not have the right to restrict the Second amendment and that the ordinance went against both state and Federal laws.
When asked why the town would ban guns, despite the legal issues involved, officials cited fear of recent shootings and a wish to lead the nation in harsher calls for gun control and restriction. In other cases, the Supreme Court has ruled that citizens do have protected Second Amendment rights, without specifically detailing what type of weapons would be covered by those rights.
The ban imposed includes a variety of firearms, including semiautomatic pistols (that can hold 10 rounds or more), rifles and shotguns and names some specific weapons as well (AR-15 among them).
After June 13th, Deerfield police will be granted the power to confiscate and destroy weapons banned by the town. Watch the video below for more details on this town council’s gun grab.