A town in Illinois unanimously voted to ban assault weapons and people who keep their guns could pay a $1,000 fine per day. The vote in Deerfield came in response to the Parkland shooting.
It bans dozens of models or semi-automatic rifles, pistols, and shotguns, including the AR-15. The new law defines assault weapons several ways, including pistols and rifles that can accept large-capacity magazine and any shotgun with a revolving cylinder. 14 peoples spoke against the ban at the trustees meeting — eight of which lived outside of Deerfield.
Village police will not go door-to-door, but anyone caught with a banned weapon will be fined $250 to $1,000 a day and current/retired law enforcement officers will be exempt.
Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal stated, “Over four years ago, the state gave home rule communities a window of time to pass some type of assault weapon law with the understanding it could be revisited at a later date. I believe the time has come to revisit a complete ban of assault weapons. We hope that our local decision helps spur state and national leaders to take steps to make our communities safer.”
A Deerfield resident and the Illinois State Rifle Association have filed a lawsuit against the town. A similar ordinance in nearby highland park was upheld by courts. The ordinance is set to take effect on June 13.