In Deerfield, Illinois, where the mayor and the village board apparently live free of the cumbersome restrictions placed on the government by the U.S. Constitution, the city has passed a new piece of legislation that requires all residents to hand over their “assault weapons” by June 13 or face fines of up to $1,000 a day. The assault weapons definition, as outlined by the Deerfield Democrats, doesn’t just include rifles that resemble AR-15s. They have also banned many semi-automatic rifles and handguns “with certain features.”
“I believe the time has now come to revisit a complete ban of assault weapons,” said Mayor Harriet Rosenthal, apparently unaware that such a ban already exists. Of course, that ban only applies to actual assault weapons, not the many, many “ultra dangerous WEAPONS OF WAR” that the left has taken to mean any gun that even resembles a military rifle, regardless of its actual function.
Never fear, though; the Chicago Tribune found a local high school student who thinks the Deerfield Village Board did the right thing. Because this is what we do in a post-Parkland society: Ask teen experts about complex issues of gun control and constitutional law.
“This is our fight,” Ariella Kharasch told the paper. “This is our generation’s fight. We’re going to keep fighting and this is part of it. Change happens gradually step by step. The fight does not end at the border of our village.”
Unfortunately for Deerfield’s literal gun-grabbers, neither does the enforcement of the Bill of Rights.
That forms the basis for the Second Amendment Foundation’s lawsuit against the Chicago suburb, which they filed on Thursday. In a press release, the pro-gun rights group said they would be joined by a Deerfield gun owner and the Illinois State Rifle Association in their pending litigation.
“The lawsuit challenged the village ban under a 2013 amended state statute that declared ‘the regulation of the possession or ownership of assault weapons are exclusive powers and functions of this State,” the Second Amendment Foundation said in the release. “Any ordinance or regulation, or portion of that ordinance or regulation, that purports to regulate the possession or ownership of assault weapons in a manner that is inconsistent with this Act, shall be invalid.’”
SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said the ban was in conflict with Illinois state law.
“While the village is trying to disguise this as an amendment to an existing ordinance, it is, in fact, a new law that entirely bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self defense,” said Gottlieb.
Gottlieb said he was confident that the lawsuit would be successful, but warned that by even attempting to pass such an ordinance, the Democrats of Deerfield had sent a powerful message to constitutional conservatives and gun owners all over the country.
“This certainly puts the lie to claims by anti-gunners that nobody is coming to take your guns,” he said.
It certainly does.