Court Denies Deerfield, IL Assault Weapon, ‘High Capacity’ Magazine Ban Appeal

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Courtesy the Village of Deerfield, IL via Facebook.

More good news from Illinois. Here’s a press release from the Second Amendment Foundation . . .


The Second Amendment Foundation has posted yet another victory in Illinois, as the Second District Appellate Court has dismissed an attempt by the Village of Deerfield to challenge a permanent injunction against the community’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “large-capacity magazines.”

SAF was joined in the case by the Illinois State Rifle Association—it’s partner in the landmark 2010 U.S. Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago—on behalf of Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday. Deerfield’s appeal was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, the court ruled.

The plaintiffs were represented by Glen Ellyn attorney David Sigale.

“This effectively shuts down any further effort by the Deerfield administration to encumber law-abiding citizens in the community who own the kinds of legal firearms city officials want to ban,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We were delighted to once again be working with our good friends at the Illinois State Rifle Association. Together with David Sigale, we make a pretty good team.

“But this was always about much more than teamwork,” he continued. “We’re talking about the right of honest citizens to live without fear of suddenly being turned into criminals by an overzealous government that arbitrarily decides to prohibit possession of a perfectly legal firearm, purchased in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, because of political correctness.”

“Many thanks to Alan M Gottlieb, the Second Amendment Foundation, Illinois State Rifle Association, David Sigale, and all of the people that have supported me,” Easterday said in reaction to the court ruling.

The case had been consolidated with a separate challenge to the Deerfield ban.

“Constitutionally-protected rights cannot be subjected to the extremism of social justice crusades,” Gottlieb said. “It should take more than the mere stroke of a pen to criminalize something so much a part of the American fabric as the legal ownership and possession of firearms that are in common use.

“This is just one more chapter in SAF’s effort to win back firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time,” he concluded.

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.


  1. avatar former water walker says:

    Great…that’ll give jabba the prickster pause.
    I’m not giving up my AR or 30round mags anyway!

    1. avatar BatPenguin says:

      I live in Illinois too and I had not heard him called Jabba the Prickster, I had not heard that one yet. I think JB looks like Ralph Wiggum from the Simpsons

      1. avatar Jbw says:

        Governor toilet man

    2. avatar Arc says:

      Only 30 round mags? drum mags are were its at, and belt fed.

    3. avatar Cknarf says:

      Fat Blago lmao

    4. avatar frank speak says:

      nice to see a gun rights organization actually do something….

  2. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Perhaps as George Washington suggested,about every decade The People would need to march on the District of Corruption to rite government,the People of Deerfield Ill. need to march on chitty hall.

  3. avatar Grumpster says:

    Thank you SAF and ISRA. I have yet to hear of anything like this from GOA as far as a court victory and is why I did not renew with them and instead doubled up on contributions to SAF.

  4. avatar Chris says:

    What Illinois needs is its very own Roger Benitez! He liberated California’s magazine restrictions just long enough for a million of them to make their way into our hands, legally.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Yup. A lot of us backed up the truck and ordered whatever we could during Freedom Week. It was like Christmas in March.

  5. avatar Mr no says:

    We need a lot of help in nysafe state and to get a new governor that will be just fine. Kudos to the SAF and the state association for the diligence it takes to show these fools

  6. avatar Mad says:

    Keep the good news coming

  7. avatar J says:

    This is great news. Just waiting to see where the FOID Act will also be finally put down. A judge has already determined the FOID Act as unconstitutional twice in Illinois. Maybe, there hope for us in Illinois if the FOID Act is determined unconstitutional in the appeals court.

  8. avatar TommyG says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like the SAF does alot more for us than the NRA?

    1. avatar Ktown Bill says:

      Yes, and that is why I am not contributing to NRA until Wayne LaPierre is ousted. I have more than doubled my usual contributions to SAF and CCRKBA. I don’t want compromise or concessions. I want victories!

    2. avatar Mark N. says:

      That depends on where you are looking. The NRA often files suits through its local affiliates, for example, the California Rifle and Pistol Association (very active here) and the New York Rifle and Pistol Association, which has a case pending before the US Supreme Court, as you are probably aware. Both groups are critically important to the protection of gun rights.

      1. avatar Mark says:

        SAF handles the courts and the NRA handles the lobbying. They are synergistic. I’d say SAF is overall the best gun rights organization though so if you are limited on funds then….

        And in spite of all the hate towards the NRA (and yes Wayne needs to go), the GoA has never done anything and has little if any lobbying power. So, don’t fool yourself into thinking they are a viable replacement because they simply aren’t. Tey are good at sending emails. That’s all.

        1. avatar barnbwt says:

          “Lobbying” is dumping money in a hole (actually the pockets of lobbyists & politicians) in the hopes that money trees will grow. And the people who oppose the NRA/gun-rights have a lot more money to throw around than we do.

          What the NRA has is numbers (voters). Voter boycotts/endorsements is the way we should lobby, but that doesn’t require we pay men in million-dollar suits multiple millions of dollars a year to talk to other people in million-dollar suits & not get results. “Lobbying” congress without literal billions of dollars is the same as “diplomacy” with the Norks via the United Nations. Makes guys like LaPierre & John Kerry a lot of money, while accomplishing nothing.

        2. avatar barnbwt says:

          Also, the purpose of lobbying is & always has been to get *money* not *policy*. Policy lobbying is a joke, since it never really ends; at least with money lobbying, an industry like Pharma can weigh how much they bribed politicians & lawyers against the profits they made from products that got rammed through approvals bureaucracy ahead of schedule. There’s no similar ‘measure’ of gun rights for us to weigh the cost/benefit of suits like LaPierre with, just the hope that one day it’ll all be worth it as things slowly get worse.

        3. avatar strych9 says:

          If 9-12 years, with the final stage averaging 2.5 years and a 100,000 page application is “ramming” things through I’d hate to see how long a “slow walking” process would take.

    3. avatar rosignol says:

      If you’re looking for a gun-rights org to join, there are worse choices than SAF.

      1. avatar Tom F says:

        In Illinois one of those would be Illinois Carry. The personal source of income for Mike and Valinda Rowe. Don’t be surprised if they try to take some credit for this. Also really don’t be surprised when Valinda Rowe teams up with team Jabba and “helps” write the new FOID act, fingerprints and all. They aren’t really people who have any real pull but Valinda or Molly B likes to act like she has pull and helps people move CCW and FOID card applications along.

        They really haven’t done much in years to be an active part of Gun Rights, they actually censor people who are registered gun lobbyists on their site while some of their members go after MDA compulsively like complete retards. You get a lot of one posters on that site and there are about 20 people who post daily. My money is better spent on real 2A organizations that have thousands of active members, not one that has 100 and most of them don’t even bother anymore. It is rumored that Valinda (Molly B) started a smear campaign against Todd Vandermyde who has done more to try and prevent horrible gun laws in IL from getting passed in 27 years then she has in 10.

        He never wrote a “snitch bill” that immediately gets removed from their website. Mention how she wrote the snitch bill and your posts will be removed immediately.
        Write about it again you will get a stern warning. A 30 suspension from posting.

        Give your money to ISRA or SAF, they are organizations that actually fight for your rights. Illinois Carry? It fills the Rowes gas tank and pays their utility bills.

    4. avatar Rswartze says:

      Make sure to select SAF on your account. Just got a summary the other day, and it seems that many of us POG already do! Zero effort 2A support, and stick it to Bezos at the same time.

    5. avatar gary moore says:

      Over the years the N R A has been there when NOBODY else was, I will still be a N R A card carrying member and other organizations as well

  9. avatar barnbwt says:

    We all know SCOTUS won’t hear it, so I call it a win…

    1. avatar Chicago Steve says:

      There’s no need for SCOTUS to hear it. It’s not a 2nd amendment issue, it’s a preemption issue, one that has plenty of settled law behind it.

  10. avatar Hannibal says:

    The elected officials in the town should have to itemize exactly how much this little virtue signalling cost taxpayers.

  11. avatar Five says:

    I have my Amazon smile account ( ) set to the Second Amendment Foundation. My purchase price stays the same and diverts a little money to a good cause. Of course Amazon does get the tax deduction . . .

    1. avatar 16V says:

      I do wonder how long they will continue allowing such “immoral” (or whatever they’ll label it) charities to be funded by the Big A.

  12. avatar joefoam says:

    Take that Deerfield city council, and let that be a lesson for overzealous politicians everywhere not to trample on the rights of the citizenship.

  13. Now she the SH!# out of all these petty tyrants!

  14. avatar Christopher Erickson says:

    Not to get off topic, but where can I buy a smart hammer? Would love to have a hammer that will stop me when I’m about to hit my thumb…

    Sometimes there is no need to improve something when the design does what it is supposed to do.

  15. avatar JD says:

    How can this be? The NRA is the only organization capable of fighting for your rights?

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