Chicago Suburb Bans ‘Assault Weapons’ – Begins Confiscation, Fines For Gun Owners

Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large

A city in Illinois is making a gun control activists’ dreams come true.

The Village Board of Trustees in Deerfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, approved an ordinance to ban “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines, Cleveland 19 News reports.

Violators will face a hefty fine. If the owner of an assault weapon lives in the town does not voluntarily turn over their banned weapon, he will be fined $1,000 a day until the weapon is confiscated.

According to Cleveland 19 News, the term “assault rifle” applies to “Semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine and a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition are banned. Shotguns that have revolving chambers are also outlawed.”

In a press release sent out by the city, the mayor cites the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting as the motivator for the ordinance:

On February 20, just days after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting, Mayor Rosenthal directed staff and the Village attorney to prepare a report concerning the implementation of a ban on assault weapons similar to that of Highland Park.

“Over four years ago, the state gave home rule communities a window of time to pass some type of assault weapon law with the understanding it could be revisited at a later date,” Rosenthal said. “I believe the time has now come to revisit a complete ban of assault weapons.”

The ordinance passed unanimously and goes into effect on June 13.

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