Mayor Harriet Rosenthal of Deerfield has had enough after a mass shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A total of 17 students and staff members of the school were killed in the shooting.
A press release from the office of the mayor asked for a report to be prepared in connection with an assault weapons ban. Staff and the “village attorney” were given the task of preparing the report.
Rosenthal said that she believes it was the time to revisit a possible complete ban on assault weapons. Members of the Village Board of Trustees in Deerfield, Illinois agreed with the mayo. The board voted unanimously on April 2 to ban the possession, manufacture, and sale of assault weapons in the town. The ban also covers high-capacity magazines and will take effect on June 13, 2018.
The ordinance covers weapons, such as semiautomatic rifles that have a fixed magazine with a capacity to hold over ten rounds of ammunition. It also includes shotguns with a revolving cylinder, which are considered as assault weapons. A list of specific gun models is included in the ordinance, including the AK-47 and AR-15.
Residents of the town who are not willing to surrender their assault weapons on June 13 will have to pay a maximum fine of $1,000 per day for every offense.
The ordinance also asserted that the Second Amendment does not cover assault weapons. According to the ordinance, the possession, sale, and manufacture of an assault weapon in the Village of Deerfield is not necessary in order to protect the right to self-defense of individuals. It is also not reasonably necessary to ensure a well-regulated militia operates efficiently.
A Brady Campaign spokesperson said the ordinances are constitutionally clear and correct. The spokesperson for the nonprofit organization advocating gun control added that they are hoping Deerfield and Highland Park will become positive examples for other communities in the future.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) released a statement supporting the lawsuit of Guns Save Life against the gun confiscation ordinance of The Village of Deerfield, Illinois. Guns Save Life president John Boch said they will fight the ordinance, which violates the constitutional rights of their members. The press release also indicated that they are confident of securing a victory for all law-abiding gun owners around Deerfield with the support of the NRA.
The executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action of the NRA, Chris W. Cox ,said the NRA is pleased to provide assistance to Guns Save Life in defending this freedom.