Guns Save Life’s motto is simple: “We defend your right to defend yourself.”  So when we saw Deerfield, Illinois amend a local ordinance to ban America’s favorite rifle and many similar guns, we didn’t sit around and complain. We took action. We’re pleased to announce a lawsuit challenging the Village of Deerfield’s gun confiscation ordinance.

After all, the newly amended ordinance clearly violates the constitutional rights of not only Deerfield residents, but any visitors to the community and those just passing through. The change even stripped out language that granted immunity for those using one of these guns for lawful self-defense.

The AR-15 stands as America’s favorite rifle for a number of very good reasons. People young and old can effectively utilize the AR platform for competition, recreation and self-defense. Yes, guns protect families. Guns protect children.

Banning one of the most effective guns widely in use by America’s nearly 100 million gun owners will only serve to protect criminals, lunatics and terrorists.

Particularly when it comes to women and teens, Uncle Joe Biden’s sage advice to just buy a shotgun stands as seriously ignorant.


As an Illinois-based gun rights organization known for its aggressive civil rights advocacy, Guns Save Life holds six meetings across Illinois each month. We’re known for our roadside highway sign program based on the old Burma-Shave signs. Over a half-million people see our signs each day.  One of my favorite slogans:


We also publish GunNews (current issue here available for download) each month.


The Deerfield ordinance needed to be challenged. Guns Save Life, with the assistance of our friends at the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, has filed suit to stop this unconstitutional move by a local government in Illinois.

This latest court action represents GSL’s second civil rights lawsuit against unconstitutional local ordinances in the Land of Lincoln. We’re also a party to Guns Save Life v. Ali, a suit challenging Cook County’s gun and ammo tax. That suit remains ongoing.

The NRA-ILA has issued this press release:

NRA to support Guns Save Life in Illinois Lawsuit
Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today announced support for a lawsuit brought by Guns Save Life challenging the Village of Deerfield, Illinois’ gun confiscation ordinance. The lawsuit challenges Deerfield’s recent attempt to criminalize so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” within village limits.

“Every law-abiding villager of Deerfield has the right to protect themselves, their homes, and their loved ones with the firearm that best suits their needs,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA. “The National Rifle Association is pleased to assist Guns Save Life in defense of this freedom.”

By amending an existing 2013 ordinance, the Village Board of Trustees has now empowered local authorities to confiscate and destroy all so-called “assault weapons” and “high capacity magazines” possessed within village limits. The amendment also imposes a daily fine ranging between $250 and $1,000.

“We are going to fight this ordinance, which clearly violates our member’s constitutional rights, and with the help of the NRA I believe we can secure a victory for law-abiding gun owners in and around Deerfield,” said John Boch, executive director of Guns Save Life.

26 thoughts on “Guns Save Life files suit against Deerfield’s gun confiscation ordinance with NRA’s support”
  1. Has GSL sought a restraining order preventing the implementation of this ordinance until the lawsuit is settled?


  2. Wasn't there a pre-emption enacted in 2013 along with concealed carry such that localities were not allowed to enact such ordinances?

  3. Perhaps, we NRA members and the millions of law-abiding gun owners in this country, should have our own march on Washington, to show our support for the Constitution, Bill of Rights and our 2nd Amendent!

    – Enough of hearing and seeing, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, NOW, Planned Parenthood and all those other liberal, leftist, anti-America groups.

    – It is time for the SILENT MAJORITY (that’s us NRA) to take a stand, like we did in the past election. NRA members and others shouldn’t expect President Trump to do this by himself!

    – America needs to hear from real law-abiding Americans who support our Armed forces, Police Officers and the USA!


  4. well I just saw Mr Bock on 5 o’clock. WGN. News. Great.  If we can help in any way let us know I for one can help in some way.   Thanks for doin a great job.  I didn’t think they could do that ( legally ). When I heard  what they did  !!!

    1. I HATE Illinois Nazis!  –Jake, the Blues Brothers.

      "It started as a twisted dream by the Village of Deerfield…and ended in a shattering…LAWSUIT!!  –Time-Life WWII Book Series commercial.

  5. I grew up in the state of WI where all we needed was a valid state ID, and you were left alone.  The right to open carry and freely exercise my 2nd amendment rights my whole life has instilled a hardened American Patriot who would at all costs defend our constitution, especially the 2nd amendment.  And due to my work situation I have no choice to be an unfortunate resident of Illinois. It absolutely pained me to give up my god given rights to acquire a state mandated "FOID" card to exercise my rights.  But what choice do I have?  Either pay the fee, apply, and get my card and go on with my life or break the law.  Well unlike our elected officials I will abide by this law only for the fact that I have a family to defend.  After hearing about this confiscation law passing and going into effect, this has utterly crossed the line with myself and I believe many others.  This tyranny must be stopped and I am damn happy to see you and the NRA standing up and fighting this unconstitutional injustice.  The people whom passed this bill must be held accountable for their acts of tyranny.  And for these people to utilize the most recent school shooting narrative and to exploit local High school children and use their naive emotions against the law abiding citizens, is an absolute disgrace to our nation and I am ashamed to live here.  These people need a reality check if they think they will go house to house and round up firearms.  Do you really think the local PD or even State Police will risk their lives and go against what they swore to defend?  I know many police officers who I’ve spoken to about this, and they have stated themselves there is no way they would enforce a law which directly goes against their sworn ethos and moral duty to protect.  I implore the lawmakers of Deerfield to go door to door and collect the firearms.  I digress, thank you for your commitment to protecting our freedom and rights and serving the American citizens.  – A pissed off American

  6. Send a message to Harriet Rosenthal the Deerfield Mayor 

    850 Waukeegan Road

    Deerfield, IL 60015 


  7. yea. Send her a  GSL sticker and a  membership to GSL.  ( bill me I’ll pay for it )

    1. The link didn't work for me, look up Karl Marx's Commie manifesto or Alinski's "Rules for Radicals", I'm sure it will be similar to what you want to convey.

  8. I went into the "Twilight Zone" dark side in Champaign at the "student's" "Town Hall for our LIES" at the Champaign 'publik liberry' where the "moms", everytown, the children of local skools and U of I, B.Londrigan, and many other anti-constitutionalists spoke addressing CRIMINAL violence perpetrated with a firearm (according to them "gun violence"), when the subject of the Deerfield anti-constitutional ordinance was brought up, there was much clapping and shouting (in favor) and it about made me hurl.

    These people are rabidly anti-firearms to the extent that they want to eliminate the second amendment while spouting they don't want to "take your guns" ….BULL MANURE, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AND IT IS APPARENT IN ALL THEIR ACTIONS, THOUGHTS, AND DEEDS!

    Watch for an "after action report" in a letter to the News Gazette letter forum, hopefully to include it in the Gun News if possible.


  9. Due to the recent headline regarding people using cars as killing machines next on the agenda from the lunatic left with the exact same logic applied: Any car that looks like a military vehicle such as a Jeep or Hummer that has an Automatic Transmission that makes the car go faster simply by holding your foot on the gas pedal must be banned,,,which of course would then ban virtually all cars that have an automatic transmission. Citizens will have 90 days to sell or bring in to the local authorties or we'll call in an airstrike and blow it off the face of the earth! This includes any and all that use our roads even if they're just passing through. 

  10. First, If I didn't thank GSL for the lawsuit in my earlier post, I should have. Thank You.

    Second, this situation is confusing. As I understand it, GSL and the NRA are involved in one or more lawsuits and ISRA and GOA have also filed at least one lawsuit against Deerfield. Here is what I would like to know:

    Is the GSL/NRA lawsuit(s) different in any material way (perhaps the grounds for the lawsuit?) than the ISRA/GOA lawsuit? Are different law firms involved?

    I am also trying to find out if either set(s) of lawsuits is also seeking a restraining order against the implementation of the ordinance until such time as the law suits are resolved.

    The ISRA/GOA's lawsuit is available on-line, but I cannot find the GSL/NRA lawsuit. Most of the Chicago papers and their copycats acknowledge the ISRA/GOA lawsuit but not the GSL/NRA lawsuit. Should we as members of GSL/NRA make some attempt to correct this oversight, or is there some strategy recommending a lower profile?

    Thanks again.

    1. There are strategies at work here.  

      Yes, completely different lawsuits.  We announced ours, then the next day, the ISRA announced theirs.

      As for what we're going to ask for, I'll let the attorneys give me direction as to what to say and when to say it.  They're exploring a lot of angles, and I feel very good about achieving success in our action.  

      It won't happen instantly though.  

      One media reporter asked me, "The people of Deerfield clearly want this.  Why are you challenging it?"  I replied (paraphrasing), "You know, at one time a lot of people wanted segregation in schools, but that didn't make it right."


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