Illinois Court Gives Thumbs-Down to Town’s ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

The Village of Deerfield banned many popular semi-auto firearms and their magazines last year, a move that a state court later said went too far and an appellate court refused to hear a further challenge to this week. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

A state appellate court this week dismissed an attempt by the Village of Deerfield to keep their controversial local prohibition on what officials described as “assault weapons.”

The village, just North of Chicago, is currently the subject of a permanent injunction issued by a local court in March that blocks it from enforcing a ban on many popular semi-auto firearms. Unanimously approved by the Village Board in 2018, the ordinance outlawed a host of guns by their cosmetic features, as well as magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammo, under threat of municipal fines of up to $1,000 a day for violators.

Deerfield, who is being defended in court by the Brady Campaign gun control organization, appealed the decision to the Illinois Appellate Court, who upheld the injunction this week.

“This effectively shuts down any further effort by the Deerfield administration to encumber law-abiding citizens in the community who own the kinds of legal firearms city officials want to ban,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. Gottlieb’s group, as well as the National Rifle Association and others, have been challenging Deerfield in court ever since the ban was approved by the village last year.

Village officials, normally quick to issue a statement when their gun regulation has a development, were mum Wednesday.

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