Having an Assault Weapon in This Town Could Cost You $1K a Day

Chicago suburb of Deerfield bans certain firearms, as well as high-capacity magazines
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2018 8:11 AM CDT
Having an Assault Weapon in This Town Could Cost You $1K a Day
In this July 20, 2012, file photo, a row of different AR-15-style rifles are displayed for sale at an indoor range and gun shop in Aurora, Colo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Get rid of your assault weapons by June 13 or start racking up fines. That's the new directive in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, where the Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to amend a 2013 ordinance calling for the safe storage and transport of certain firearms and now outright ban them, the Chicago Tribune and CBS Chicago report. High-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds are also banned. The decision to bar the "possession, manufacture, and sale" of such weapons and ammo holders was made to "increase the public's sense of safety," per CBS News. After June 13, any resident who holds onto such firearms—which include AR-15s, AK-47s, and Uzis—will be hit with a daily fine that the village's attorney says can range from $250 to $1,000, and that will keep being imposed until the resident adheres to the ban.

Current and retired cops don't have to comply, per one town official, who added the ban was based on a similar one made in nearby Highland Park in 2013; that ban was deemed constitutional after a legal battle. Also exempt: antique handguns that are no longer functional and firearms made for Olympic shooting events. Dozens of people attended Monday's trustees meeting, with many in opposition to the ban; some even called for civil disobedience to resist the law. A high schooler in favor of the ban feels otherwise: "This is our generation's fight. We're going to keep fighting and this is part of it." Gun rights group Guns Save Life plans to sue Deerfield over the ban, with the NRA's support, per the Washington Post. (More Illinois stories.)

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