ELGIN, IL — Deerfield could soon begin enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic long guns following an opinion released last week by a state appeals court.
A divided three-judge panel of the Illinois 2nd District Appeals Court on Friday lifted permanent injunctions issued last year by a Lake County judge that had forbidden village officials from enforcing any part of the assault weapons ban ordinance trustees passed unanimously in April 2018.
The ruling found Deerfield had the power to regulate assault weapons at the time and sent the case back to Lake County circuit court for further proceedings. Lawsuits challenging Deerfield's ban from two sets of plaintiffs — Daniel Easterday and the groups Illinois State Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation, as well as John Wombacher and the group Guns Save Life — were consolidated into a single appeal.
The challenges argued the ban was forbidden under the 2013 laws that created a new legislative framework for legal firearm ownership after a federal court in found Illinois' previous gun laws were unconstitutional the year before.
And more on the mindset of the people representing Deerfield’s district in the state government. I present Senator Julie Morrison, who is perfectly fine with firearms confiscation.