Assault Weapons Ban by Local Ordinance Is a Thing

Deerfield, Illinois, is the second Chicago suburb to pass an assault weapons ban by local ordinance. While retired police are exempt, anyone possessing a banned gun in the village’s jurisdiction after June 13, 2018, will be fined $1,000 per day.


Editor’s Note: In March 2019 a Lake County Judge ruled against the village’s assault weapons ban.

The village of Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago, recently banned the possession, sale and manufacture of assault weapons and large capacity magazines by public ordinance.

CBS News reported that anyone in Deerfield that does not give up a banned firearm will be fined $1,000 a day until the weapon is outside the village’s jurisdiction, beginning June 13, 2018.

The possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the Village of Deerfield is not reasonably necessary to protect an individual’s right of self-defense or the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia,” according to the ordinance.

Deerfield’s assault weapons ban passed unanimously.

The ban includes the following gun types and others:

  • Semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine and a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition
  • Shotguns with revolving cylinders
  • Conversion kits from which assault weapons can be assembled.
  • AK
  • AKM
  • AKS
  • AK-47
  • AK-74
  • ARM
  • MAK90
  • Misr
  • NHM 90
  • NHM 91
  • SA 85
  • SA 93
  • VEPR
  • AR-10
  • AR-15
  • Bushmaster XM15
  • Armalite M15
  • Olympic Arms PCR
  • AR70
  • Calico Liberty
  • Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle
  • Dragunov SVU
  • Fabrique NationalFN/FAL
  • FN/LAR
  • FNC
  • Hi-Point Carbine
  • HK-91
  • Kel-Tec Sub Rifle
  • SAR-8
  • Sturm
  • Ruger
  • Mini-14

Antique handguns that have been rendered permanently inoperable and weapons designed for Olympic target shooting events are exempt.

Retired police officers are exempt from the Deerfield assault weapons ban.

We hope that our local decision helps spur state and national leaders to take steps to make our communities safer,” Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said in a press release.

A nearby city, Highland Park, passed a similar assault weapons ban in 2013. While the local government assault weapons ban was contested by a city resident with the Illinois State Rifle Association, the ordinance was upheld by the Supreme Court.

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