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The city of Deerfield, Illinois has become ground zero in the debate over the Second Amendment in recent weeks after a particularly disturbing bit of legislation made the rounds.

The ordinance in question would effectively nullify the Second Amendment in the city, and has drawn a massive amount of flak from the patriotic community.

Deerfield, some 25 miles North of Chicago, approved Ordinance O-18-06, banning the possession, sale, and manufacture of many semi-automatic firearms as well as most detachable magazines with a capacity more than 10 rounds. The move, says city leaders, was modeled on a similar regulation adopted in nearby Highland Park that withstood numerous legal challenges.

“I believe the time has now come to revisit a complete ban of assault weapons,” saidDeerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal in a statement, explaining that, while the village adopted regulations on the storage and transport of such guns in 2013, the recent Parkland, Florida mass shooting showed the need for additional regulation.

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Under Deerfield’s ordinance, which takes effect June 13, those with banned guns or magazines could be on the receiving end of municipal fines of up to $1,000 a day once the city identifies them.

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Now, as the gun seizures were set to begin, a courageous court has stepped in to set things right, albeit only temporarily.

An Illinois circuit court judge on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order against a pending local ban on “assault weapons” just before it was to take effect.

The Lake County court blocked the looming prohibition which had been adopted by the village of Deerfield, some 25 miles North of Chicago, in response to a legal filing from a host of gun rights groups and local resident Daniel Easterday.

“We moved swiftly to challenge this gun ban because it flew in the face of state law,” said Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb. “The village tried to disguise its extremism as an amendment to an existing ordinance. The ordinance bans possession of legally-owned semi-auto firearms, with no exception for guns previously owned, or any provision for self-defense.”

The law is also being legally challenged by an Illinois-based organization called Guns Save Lives, who are in turn receiving support from the National Rifle Association itself.

Deerfield needn’t look any further than nearby Chicago for a history lesson on why limiting the Second Amendment is never a good idea.


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