Gun Advocates Challenge IL City’s Assault Weapon Ban

The Second Amendment Foundation and others sued the village of Deerfield, Il., which this week banned assault weapons.

A resident and two gun owners advocacy groups filed suit on Thursday against the village of Deerfield, Il., saying the municipality does not have the authority to ban assault weapons under a 2013 state law, the Chicago Tribune reports. The suit was filed three days after the Deerfield Village Board of Trustees unanimously outlawed the possession, sale and manufacturing of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines within the village. Deerfield officials called their ban an amendment to a 2013 ordinance that defined assault weapons and required safe storage and transportation of those weapons within the village. It is set to go into effect June 13.

Joining Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday and the Illinois State Rifle Association in the lawsuit is the Second Amendment Foundation based in Bellevue, Wa. “We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flies in the face of state law,” said Alan Gottlieb of the foundation. “While the village is trying to disguise this as an amendment to an existing ordinance, it is, in fact, a new law that entirely bans possession of legally-owned, semi-automatic firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.”