Good news for the good guys! Guns Save Life, with support from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, filed for a temporary restraining order to block the implementation of the Village of Deerfield's black rifle ban. Mere hours before the gun ban took effect, a Lake County judge found in favor of our motion and granted the order (.pdf here) in our case.
The judge cited all manner of flaws in the so-called "amended" ordinance and if his preliminary findings hold, Deerfield has a tough and expensive road ahead to keep their ordinance. Adamantly defending their flawed local gun ban, the northern suburb has retained outside counsel to defend it. They now have a high-priced Chicago law firm with ties to the Clinton Foundation (and Fusion GPS) representing them, along with the Brady Campaign, in addition to the village's current Chicago law firm. Cha-ching.
While lawyers don't come cheap, money seems no object to the Village of Deerfield's political leaders when it comes to their Quixotic quest to impose gun control upon residents and visitors.
And all those lawyers couldn't even block Guns Save Life's motion for a temporary restraining order. Here's their brief in oppotion to our motion for injunctive relief. Note how Brady & crew threw in a bunch of mass shootings committed with handguns to justify their flawed rifle ban. Furthermore, they cited a pair of Islamic terror attacks as reason for depriving law-abiding Americans of police patrol-type rifles. They even use the Sutherland Springs church massacre for justification for disarming Americans – even when that attack ended when a good guy (thank you Stephen Willeford!) brought his own AR-15 to the fight and stopped the massacre. The Deerfield arguments proved disgraceful.
In the end, the judge found:
(1) The 2018 Ordinance is preempted by the FOIDCA and the FCCA and therefore unenforceable. (2) The 2018 Ordinance is a new ordnance (sic) and not an amendment of the 2013 Ordinance and is therefore preempted by FOIDCA and FCCA. (3) The 2018 Ordinance does not prohibit ownership or possession of large capacity magazines.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. A temporary restraining order is issued enjoining the defendant Village of Deerfield, its agents, officials or police department from enforcing any provision of the 2018 Ordinance relating to the ownership, possession, storage or transportation of assault weapons or large capacity magazines within the Village of Deerfield.
Luis A. Berrones
Now the Illinois State Rifle Association, with the support of the Second Amendment Foundation, has filed a similar suit against the Village of Deerfield. The ISRA suit also seeks to invalidate the Village's "amended" ordinance banning guns based upon cosmetic appearances.
A second ruling, apparently independent of ours (22 pages vs. our 20 pages) was made in the ISRA/SAF suit, according to Alan Gottlieb. ISRA was right to crow about it in an email to members last night.
The Illinois State Rifle Association is pleased to announce the issuing of a Temporary Restraining Order preventing Deerfield Illinois from enforcing their anti-gun ordinance. We will now seek a permanent injunction.
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Of course, we hope the ISRA and SAF continue on with their suit because, well, the old expression "two is one, and one is none" comes to mind. Regardless of which suit permanently blocks this local gun ban in its tracks, the important thing remains stopping these gun-grabbing bigots.
Gun grabbers like these pols in Deerfield say they don’t “feel safe” with good guys with guns nearby. They sound just like those prejudiced bigots in the 1940s and 50s didn’t “feel safe” with a blacks sitting next to them on a bus, restaurant or classroom.
Over time, those bigots lost their battles to segregate and marginalize African-Americans. And America became a better place.
So too will gun bigots lose their battles to relegate gun owners to second class citizens subject to arrest and imprisonment because we won’t “know our place” and sit down, shut up and give up our guns quietly.
Guns Save Life once again walks the walk and gets results. Thanks again for your confidence and support.
If you're not a member of Guns Save Life, today's a great day to join.
Today's also a great day to join the NRA if you're not already a member. And don't forget to send some love to the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action as well. Candidly, they are doing a lot of heavy lifting in this endeavor.