This week, one of what will surely be many lawsuits was filed challenging the legality of an Illinois gun ban. The Village of Deerfield, a suburb of Chicago, recently banned “assault weapons.” The Second Amendment Foundation is saying, “not so fast.”
The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (in February) reignited the debate over the Second Amendment. Liberal lawmakers and activists took advantage of the tragedy to push their anti-gun agendas back to the forefront.
A recent example of this took place in Deerfield, Illinois. Last Monday, village leaders voted to ban weapons like the AR-15. Though, not an “assault” or military weapon, leftists have deemed them unnecessary to self-defense. Preserving the right to bear arms is of little consequence.
The Deerfield ordinance, which “bans the sale, possession, and manufacture of assault weapons,” also bans high capacity magazines. As written, the new legislation appears to be a gross reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution.
“The possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia,” the ordinance reads.
However, even worse than the gun ban itself is the absence of any exception for citizens who already possess these items. Basically, you have to surrender your legal firearms for destruction or face a fine of $1000 a day or worse. We don’t know about you, but to us, that sure sounds like their coming for the guns.