Assault Weapons Ban

Update from March 22, 2019

The Village of Deerfield issues the following statement regarding the March 22, 2019, court ruling on the assault weapons ordinance:

"The Village of Deerfield and our legal team are closely reviewing the ruling entered today and all options available, including the right to appeal the decision to the Illinois Appellate Court. On the positive side, the judge denied the plaintiff’s claims of a takings violation and of a wildlife statute violation. With respect to the remainder of the decision, it appears that the judge focused less on Deerfield’s actions and more on the actions of the Illinois State Legislature back in 2013. The judge took issue with the way in which the State Legislature drafted the State statute, and he read into the statute a complete preemption of home rule authority to regulate assault weapons. This unprecedented interpretation of State legislative action and intent make this case ripe for appeal. We are thankful for the continued pro bono services provided by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Mr. Christopher Wilson, partner of the Chicago office of Perkins Coie. We continue to believe that these weapons have no place in our community and that our common-sense assault weapon regulations are legal and were properly enacted. In the meantime, however, we will abide by the court’s ruling and continue to not enforce our Ordinance.” 


Update from June 18, 2018

The Village of Deerfield issues the following statement regarding the June 18, 2018, amendment of the assault weapons ordinance:

"On Monday, June 18, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Deerfield adopted an ordinance that amends its Village Code to clearly and expressly outlaw the possession, manufacture, sale, transfer or transport of large capacity magazines within the Village. This amendment is intended simply, and only, to clarify the Village Board’s intent when it adopted its initial amendments to its regulation of assault weapons at its meeting on April 2.  In light of the temporary restraining order entered last week by the Circuit Court of Lake County, the Village will not enforce the June 18 amendment so long as the injunctive order remains in place."


Update from June 12, 2018

The Village of Deerfield issues the following comment following the June 12, 2018, granting of the Temporary Restraining Order:

“We are reviewing with our legal team the full written opinion that the Judge entered. 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.”

At the Village Board meeting on February 20, 2018, Mayor Rosenthal directed that Staff and the Village Attorney present a report concerning the implementation of a ban on assault weapons. The proposed ordinance would ban the possession, sale and manufacture of assault weapons and large capacity magazines in the Village and is based on the City of Highland Park ordinance that withstood a legal challenge. 

The ordinance passed at the Village Board meeting on April 2 and took effect April 13; those with weapons in the Village need to remove them from Village limits before June 13. The ordinance provides for an effective date 60 days after the ordinance goes into effect and does not otherwise regulate or prohibit rifles, shot guns, pistols or ammunition. View the ordinance here

The Village of Deerfield has received the two suits filed April 5 and April 19 concerning the Ordinance adopted April 2 banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines. The Village believes it has acted within its statutory authority and will be evaluating the suit in order to respond appropriately. No additional statements will be made on this pending litigation at this time.

On Monday, May 7, the Deerfield Village Board unanimously approved the pro bono services of both the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (the “Brady Center”) and Mr. Christopher Wilson, managing partner of the Chicago office of Perkins Coie (“Perkins”) to assist in the representation of the Village in the two lawsuits filed in the Lake County Circuit Court challenging the Village’s Assault Weapons Ordinance. Read more here.

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Read the press release here.