Some gun owners worried after Illinois community bans some semi-automatic weapons
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
An ordinance banning some semi-automatic firearms in a northern Illinois village has some gun owners in Springfield worried.
The ordinance passed Monday in Deerfield, a village located about 30 miles north of Chicago.
It prohibits the possession, manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the village.
It defines assault weapons as semi-automatic firearms that can accept a large capacity magazine and it lays out dozens of different brands including AK-47s and AR-15s.
Some local gun owners said the ordinance is infringing on people’s rights.
"It's not right,” said Doug Schmidgall, owner of Aim 2 Shoot in Springfield. “They're making me as a gun owner give up a piece of property first off without compensation, second off they're violating the constitution of the United States in my opinion."
Deerfield's ordinance is modeled after an ordinance in the Chicago suburb Highland Park.
That was upheld by the courts in 2015.
A string of deadly mass shootings throughout the country led the village to create this ordinance.
Deerfield residents who don't get rid of banned weapons by June 13 could wind up paying a fine of $1,000 every day they're in violation of the ordinance.