On Monday night, one town’s Board of Trustees voted to ban what they call assault weapons. The ordinance restricts the sale, manufacture, and possession of assault weapons, as defined by the village. Semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines and more than a 10-round capacity are included as well as shotguns featuring revolving cylinders. Specific models, including the AR-15, are also targeted by the ordinance.
Members of the Village Board of Trustees in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, voted on the ordinance and unanimously approved the ban, which goes into effect on June 13, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.
Specific models, as well as any “copies or duplicates” covered by the ban include multiple AKs, AR-15s, HKs, and other firearms.
The ordinance reads: “The possession, manufacture, and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right to self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia.”
Residents are required to comply with the ordinance by the date it goes into effect. Failure to surrender any assault weapon or relocate a covered firearm to a location outside of the village limits can result in a fine of $1,000 per day for each offense.
The legislation may face a legal challenge based on whether it is Constitutional. However, Kent Street, the Village Manager, stated that the ordinance was modeled after one that is in place in Highland Park, Illinois, put in place in 2013, that survived a legal challenge.
A Brady Campaign spokesperson reportedly “applaud[s]” the board’s decision “to keep their citizens safer.”
“These ordinances have clearly and correctly been ruled constitutional,” said the spokesperson for the Brady Campaign, a nonprofit that advocates for stricter gun control, “and we hope that Highland Park and Deerfield serve as positive examples for other communities moving forward.