Deerfield Village Board Bans Certain Semi-Automatic Weapons

The new law goes into effect June 13

Members of the village board in the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield have voted unanimously to ban certain semi-automatic firearms.

The Chicago Tribune reports the amendment to the village's gun ordinance prohibits keeping firearms that village leaders define as assault weapons along with high-capacity magazines. That includes the AR-15, which has been used in mass shootings.

It amends a 2013 ordinance that regulated the storage of such items.

The new law goes into effect June 13. Residents who don't remove banned weapons by then face a fine of up to $1,000 a day. Retired police officers are exempt from the ordinance, the Tribune reports. 

The ordinance is based on Highland Park's high-powered weapons ban, which survived a 2015 legal battle that went to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Deerfield Village Manager Kent Street said if more towns banned the weapons then it's possible the state and federal government will too. Opponents of the ban say it makes Deerfield less safe, while others were concerned it could be used to pass more restrictive laws in the future. 

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