Though on a national level, the debate surrounding gun control continues without any action from Congress, some areas of the country are taking matters into their own hands. Florida recently passed a new law which raised the legal gun-purchasing age from 18 to 21. New York has approved legislation which makes it illegal for domestic abusers to own guns. Following suit, a small town in Illinois is banning assault weapons within city limits.
Deerfield's Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of an assault weapons ban.
The Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a ban on certain types of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, amending a 2013 ordinance that regulated the storage of those items. https://t.co/IWsF1uVmXZ— Linda Hill (@bulldoghill) April 3, 2018
Though gun reform advocates see this as a victory, not all of Deerfield's residents are on board with the change.
Let’s make one thing clear. This “Assault weapons” ban was not put into place as a result of a vote by the people of Deerfield, IL; but by its Board of Trustees. https://t.co/mFyhojgrrw— Johnny Utah (@crankwerx) April 4, 2018
2013: "Nobody wants your guns. We just want you to register them so we can make sure they are safely stored."— Nick Pepe ? (@EitherImCrazy) April 3, 2018
2018: "Yeah. About those guns you told us about? We banned them and if you don't get rid of them it'll cost you $1,000 per day." #2Ahttps://t.co/eZKxKUZPHj
Deerfield residents now have until June to get rid of their weapons, surrender them to the government, or face a steep fine.
"The new ordinance prohibits keeping assault weapons like the AR-15 and other firearms with high-capacity magazines. Anyone who owns those weapons has until June 13 to remove them from village limits or face fines between $250 and $1,000 per day." https://t.co/YyoEdZL2qC #Enough— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) April 3, 2018
Twitter users are weighing in on the legality of the Board's actions:
Although case law holds that that certain weapons are not protected by #2A, (4th circuit upheld Maryland's ban) The problem with trying to ban possession of assault weapons is that many were legally purchased and it would be an unconstitutional taking: https://t.co/oRwFlHDhrg— Scot1and (@Scot1andT) April 3, 2018
“The ordinance was modeled on a Highland Park, Illinois, law from 2013 that survived in court.” https://t.co/cLuGhlyyYm— Jennifer Mascia (@JenniferMascia) April 4, 2018
In the meantime, however, many believe this will make the streets of Deerfield just a little bit safer.
I'm proud of communities like my home Deerfield that are stepping forward to say enough is enough. I don't believe military-style assault weapons belong on our streets and have co-sponsored a bill that would ban the sale and manufacture of these weapons. https://t.co/RpBPN30A1E— Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) April 4, 2018
@realDonaldTrump @SenateMajLdr @SpeakerRyan @SenSchumer @NancyPelosi— Anil Bhalla (@anilbhalla88) April 4, 2018
“Inspired by the Parkland shooting, officials in Deerfield, Illinois just banned assault weapons saying they are not reasonably necessary to protect an individual's right or self-defense.”
Ball in your court.