Deerfield, Illinois Tells Residents To Turn In Their Guns, Lawsuits Filed

Deerfield, Illinois Residents Must Turn In Their Guns
Deerfield, Illinois Residents Must Turn In Their Guns

Illinois – -( The Village of Deerfield, IL is counting on a broad interpretation of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (FCCA) passed in 2013 to ban modern sporting rifles that have a capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition; shotguns with a revolving cylinder; and semiautomatic pistols and rifles that can accept “large-capacity” magazines.

The FCCA granted a 10 day window after passage of the law for municipalities to pass so called ‘assault’ weapon bans. It was intended as a “speak now or forever hold your peace” opportunity to ban firearm. At that time, Deerfield did not have a ban in effect and decided to pass a safe storage ordinance specifying that firearms defined as “assault weapons” must be in locked containers, disassembled, or have trigger lock when not under control of owner or authorized user.

The village board now claims they can amend their ordinance and ban these same firearms because they say the original storage ordinance was intended as a placeholder for just this purpose.

Ever wonder where we get the impression that laws restricting ownership or possession of firearms are a slippery slope which lead to firearms bans and confiscation???

How is it that a community with a relatively low level of crime, and even less crime committed with the firearms they are trying to ban, is willing to go to court to challenge state law that preempts municipalities from regulating firearms?

Fortunately for Deerfield firearm owners, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed a lawsuit against the Village of Deerfield. The suit was filed in the Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Lake County, Illinois, Chancery Division.

A court hearing is set for this Friday, June 8th 2018, at 2 pm for the court to consider a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the village from enforcing the ban just days before it is to go into effect.

This is a huge lesson about elections have consequences, even at the most local level. Be ever vigilant who you elect to your local school board, village board, and county board as well as your state and national legislators. If they do not support your right to keep and bear arms, be prepared for fights like this!

Valinda Rowe

IllinoisCarry spokesperson

Illinois CarryAbout

The IllinoisCarry forum was started in April 2004. The idea was that Illinois needed a central location to communicate ideas and information regarding 2nd Amendment issues in Illinois. There are many organizations in Illinois working to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights. Working with these groups IllinoisCarry has become the central location for information and Action Alerts. IllinoisCarry will not endorse political candidates. We simply provide information so voters can make informed decisions. Our goal is to join the other 48 states that allow their citizens to carry concealed firearms. We encourage you to register on our forum and join the fight for your 2nd Amendment Rights in Illinois.

Visit their website.