Illinois town hit with lawsuits over harsh new gun ban

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Residents of Deerfield, Illinois – a town just 25 miles north of Chicago – were given just over 60 days, until June 13, to get rid of all assault-style weapons from their homes, or face a fine of up to $1,000 per day, after the Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to ban the firearms from the town.

The new ordinance enacted prohibits the possession, sale and manufacturing of certain types of assault weapons and large capacity magazines within the entire village.

Now gun rights groups are fighting back, and have filed two separate lawsuits against the city.

The Washington Free Beacon reported:

The National Rifle Association (NRA) announced on Wednesday it would be supporting a lawsuit against the Deerfield, Ill., gun ban brought by an Illinois-based gun rights group named Guns Save Life. The groups said the town’s wide-ranging ban, which effects nearly all semi-automatic rifles as well as a large number of handguns and shotguns within city limits and carries a fine of up to $1,000 a day for those who don’t remove, destroy, or turn over their affected guns, violates the constitutional rights of its members.

“We are going to fight this ordinance, which clearly violates our members’ constitutional rights, and with the help of the NRA I believe we can secure a victory for law-abiding gun owners in and around Deerfield,” John Boch, executive director of Guns Save Life, said in a statement.

“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, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said. “The National Rifle Association is pleased to assist Gun Save Life in defense of this freedom.”

The Second Amendment Foundation joined with the Illinois State Rifle Association as well as Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday on Thursday in a separate suit against the gun ban. Their suit challenges the gun ban on the grounds that a 2013 Illinois state law makes it illegal for any locality to create their own so-called “assault weapon” laws.

“The regulation of the possession or ownership of assault weapons are exclusive powers and functions of this State,” an excerpt from the relevant Illinois law cited by the gun rights groups reads. “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.”

Meanwhile, one resident in Greensboro, North Carolina is quickly becoming famous after he recently stood up for his Second Amendment rights at a city council meeting, giving an epic 4-minute speech that has now gone viral. 

“An AR-15 is not a military-grade weapon,” Mark Robinson explained at the Greensboro city council meeting, adding, “Anybody who would go into combat with an AR-15 is a fool! It’s a semi-automatic 22 rifle. You’d be killed in 15 minutes in combat with that thing!” he said.

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