With the future of federal arms control legislation uncertain, a prosperous suburb of Chicago this week took the aggressive move of banning offensive weapons within its borders, in which local officials said was a direct response to the mass shooting in a parkland, Florida, high school earlier this year.
Deerfield, Illinois, unanimously approved
the ordinance prohibiting the possession, manufacture or sale of a range of firearms and large capacity magazines. Residents of the 19,000-person village will have until 13 June to remove weapons from the village borders or fined up to $ 1,000 a day.
The measure was quickly criticized by the National Rifle Association and Guns Save Life, which said they would sue Deerfield to lift the ban.
"Every law-abiding Deerfield villager has the right to protect themselves, their homes, and their loved ones with the weapon that best suits their needs," said Chris W. Cox, senior director of the NRA's lobbying arm in a statement.
Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said officials took the order because of the February massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where an armed man armed with a military rifle was shot dead and killed 17 students and staff before the police arrested him.
"We hope that our local decision will help leaders take steps to make our communities safer," Rosenthal said
Congress and national and local legislatures across the country looked to the Shooting through parkland and nationwide student-led demonstrations in support of the subsequent gun control has exposed further demands for similar action.
Polls in Recent Weeks have shown growing public support for offensive weapon bans. A Feb. 20 Quinnipiac poll found that 67 percent of Americans, including 43 percent of Republicans, supported such a ban, the Washington Post reported.
Most suggestions had difficulty getting their way. In early March, lawmakers in Florida rejected a bill to ban offensive weapons, and then held a minute's silence for victims of Parkland casualties. Two bomber bans in Congress have received broad support from Democrats, but Republican co-sponsors are missing.
Several powerful federal appeals courts have ruled that bans on offensive weapons were permissible under the Second Amendment, and no federal appeals court has ever held that offensive weapons were protected, as Meagan Flynn and Fred Barbash have reported from the Post. These courts have also found that states and communities have good reasons to ban military weapons without curtailing people's right to self-defense.
The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to a firearm The Supreme Court has not directly addressed offensive weapons in the same context.
Deerfield's ordinance was developed after a 2013 measure at nearby Highland Park, Illinois, which banned offensive weapons, calling this city "any semi-automatic weapon that would accept a large-capacity magazine."
After the Defenders As the gun lawsuits were sued to challenge the Highland Park Regulation, the US Court of Appeals ruled for the city's 7th Circuit, noting that the ban left the residents with "many self-defenses options," including handguns.
"A ban on large-capacity assault weapons and magazines could not prevent the shootings in Highland Park," the court said, "but it could be duce the carnage when a mass shooting occurs."
Deerfield's ban includes semi-automatic rifles semi-automatic shotguns and semi-automatic pistols with detachable magazines that can hold ten or more rounds of ammunition. In particular, it cites several models, including the TEC-9 gun and the AR-15 used in mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Las Vegas; and San Bernardino, Calif. Such weapons are "dangerous and uncommon," says the decree, which also claims that state and federal agencies have failed to regulate it.
The police in Deerfield will have the power to confiscate and destroy banned weapons after they have been determined they were not needed as evidence. People holding onto their guns could expect daily fines of between $ 250 and $ 1,000.
In addition to the Parkland shootings, the decree also recorded several mass deaths involving deaths in the double digits: the Sutherland Springs, Texas 26 people, the Las Vegas Music Festival, which killed 58 people, and the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, in which 49 people were killed. These four shootings together claimed 150 lives.
Opponents of the ban said they felt less secure after it was over, and worried that it would open the door for further restrictions.
"You are the bureaucrats Thomas Jefferson warned us about," Deerfield resident Dan Cox told the Deerfield Village Board at a rally Monday night, according to the local ABC affiliate, who was one of more than a dozen opponents Speaking against the regulation, local media reported.
Ariella Kharasch, a senior executive at Deerfield High School supporting the measure, said she hoped the ban would push similar laws at local and national levels
"The is the struggle of our generation, "she said, according to Chicago Tribune." The change is taking place step by step. The fight does not end at the borders of our village.
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