Court Denies Chicago Suburb Ban On Semi-Auto Guns

An Illinois circuit court judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against a pending local ban on “assault weapons” just before it was to take effect.

The Lake County court blocked the looming prohibition which had been adopted by the village of Deerfield, some 25 miles North of Chicago, in response to a legal filing from a host of gun rights groups and local resident Daniel Easterday.

“We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flew in the face of state law,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb. “The village tried to disguise its extremism as an amendment to an existing ordinance. The ordinance bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.”

The Deerfield Village Board in April unanimously approved a local ordinance outlawing what it defined as “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines.” The ordinance banned the possession, sale, and manufacture of many semi-automatic firearms as well as most detachable magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. Those with banned guns or magazines could have been on the receiving end of municipal fines of up to $1,000 a day once the city identifies them. Residents had until June 13 to remove the newly prohibited items from the city or risk punishment.

This sparked a lawsuit from Guns Save Life, an Illinois-based Second Amendment member group, with the support of the National Rifle Association quickly followed by the challenge from Easterday which is backed by SAF and the Illinois State Rifle Association.

Deerfield, who has accepted pro bono legal services from the Brady Center in defending their gun ban, said Tuesday that they are weighing their options.

“We are reviewing with our legal team the full written opinion that the Judge entered,” said the Village Board in a statement. “We will, of course, honor the order issued by the Court and temporarily not enforce the ordinance; but we are certainly going to review all of the options available to the Village, including the right to appeal the decision to the Illinois Appellate Court.”


  • cosmo007

    I wonder what part of “shall not be infringed” they don’t understand.

    • Ken Kaminski

      All of it

    • JOE

      all of IT!

  • Jmanjo

    Democrats in the state of Illinois are going against the US Constitution and reality when they try to ban the means for the people to defend themselves. These liberals are as stupid and criminal as they come when it comes to leaving honest law abiding citizens defenseless. This is the prime goal of globalists.

    • Joseph Nicholas Toth Jr.

      I would like to know just how many of those liberals intend to keep their guns a secret ! They like to exempt themselves from legislation that they pass for the little people. Case in point Obama care !!!!!!

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  • ms michaele

    Guns don’t kill people People kill people the guns have nothing to do with it the people who shoot other human beings should be in jail

  • ms michaele

    All asshole Democrat motherfuckers should be put in front of a firing squad

  • Patrick Feeney

    There must be some real sissified twits running the Deerfield Village Board!

  • jack

    it has begun , the take over of our country , we have turned our backs on what is really happening and now will suffer the true end . we the people has been gone since the Democrats have taken over . now that they lost control they are willing to destroy what we have lived and died for

    • Proudvietvet58

      We can not allow this trend to continue! Join every gun support group you can and become ACTIVE in fighting FOR our Second Amendment!

  • Proudvietvet58

    Sounds to me like it is time for 10,000 armed citizens to march down EVERY street in this insane “Village”. The bulk of our Nation IS behind the legal gun owners of Deerfield!

  • Doug

    The time is long past for the Congress to pass a universal re-enforcement of the Second Amendment which states that any and all law abiding citizens of the Constitutional Republic of the United States of America have the right to own and carry a gun starting with their 18th birthday and No Federal or State Organization has the right to limit or remove that Right without cause. Limitations should be few such as: a person taking medicines with a stated side effect of violence (I believe that limitation alone would have made it against the law for almost all of the school shooters to have a gun.); certain Government properties like the White House, Capital, State Houses, etc., etc. As to banning Assault Weapons; most of us can’t own a true assault weapon now. A semi-automatic is not an assault weapon. The gun banners, as they do to win every issue, are changing definitions to get the gullible to agree with them. For example: Why is it that being against “Illegal Immigration” has been reduced to being against “All Immigration”? Don’t fall for it.

  • Bud William

    It is getting time for law abiding gun owners to start standing up and holding public meetings and let the Liberal Left
    know that they are fed up with their gun grabbing actions.

  • Proudvietvet58

    To H3II with Chicago, the “Murder Capital of the Nation”.

    Those POS idiots there will only resort to knives, bats, bricks or, whatever they can get their welfare grabbing hands on to kill others with!

    To the “Dems” who desire to ban Semi-Auto weapons, get the H3II out of America! You will NOT disarm us!