Chicago Suburb Voted to Ban 'Assault Rifles' — Now They're Being Sued by the Second Amendment Foundation

| APR 6, 2018 | 3:21 PM

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In response to the Illinois village of Deerfield passing a ban on modern sporting rifles, pistols, shotguns with “certain features,” and anything larger than a 10-round magazine, the Second Amendment Foundation has now filed a lawsuit.

“The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit against the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois, seeking an injunction against enforcement of the ban on so-called 'assault weapons' and 'large-capacity magazines' adopted by the Village Board of Trustees earlier this week,” the group said in a press release.

“Joining SAF in the legal challenge is the Illinois State Rifle Association and a private citizen, Daniel Easterday, who resides in the village and is a gun owner,” it continued.

The ban will begin on June 13, and people who do not turn in their newly banned weapons or remove them from city limits will be fined up to $1,000 per day.

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“We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flies in the face of state law,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said in the press release. “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-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.”