Guns Save Life has stepped forward in a fight for Second Amendment rights, filing its NRA-backed lawsuit.
“Deerfield’s ban prohibits possession of the most popular sporting rifles in the United States,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA. “These firearms are used every day by law-abiding citizens for self-defense, target shooting, hunting and other lawful purposes.”
Guns Save Life executive director John Bosh told NRA-ILA, “The firearms and magazines that Deerfield’s ordinance labels as ‘assault weapons’ and ‘large-capacity’ magazines are widely owned by law-abiding gun owners throughout Illinois. The General Assembly has already determined that Illinois gun owners should not be subjected to a confusing patchwork of inconsistent local regulations, and the Deerfield ordinance flies in the face of that important principle of Illinois law. We thank the NRA for their assistance in this fight.”
According to NRA-ILA, the lawsuit filed by Guns Save Life and other groups “are preempted by both the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act, and the Illinois Wildlife Act.” The Illinois state constitution’s guarantee on private property not being taken or damaged without just compensation is also being violated by the village’s ordinance. The village contends the move was an amendment to an original ordinance passed in 2013 that dealt with the transportation and storage of semi-automatic weapons in Deerfield Village.
The suit was filed in Lake County Circuit Court April 19. Guns Save Life is the second group to challenge the Deerfield Village, Ill., village board’s unanimous vote to ban specific semi-automatic weapons in an ordinance passed April 2. Earlier this month, the Illinois State Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday filed suit on the same basis.