As Nick detailed recently, a number of Illinois cities are racing to enact their own individual gun control measures to get in under the wire before a state-wide law with preemption is either signed into law or enacted after a legislative veto override. The prosperous north shore town of Highland Park managed to get in on the grandfathering last night with what suntimes.com reports was a 6-1 vote for an “assault weapons” ban. And it’s about as bad as you’d expect . . .
You can read the new ordinance, including the list of prohibited weapons here, but most of the fun is to be found in the law’s New York-style treatment of scary black rifles and “high capacity” magazines.
If you’re a Highland Parker and own one of the prohibited firearms, you now have ninety days to decide whether to 1) get your gun the hell out of the city, 2) make it inoperable or modify it so that it doesn’t have one of the law’s long list of offending features, or 3) surrender it to the Chief of Police who will cheerfully destroy it.
If you’re caught with a gun on the no-no list when the law takes effect, it’ll cost you between $500 and $1000 or six months in jail. Or both.
Is this lawsuit bait? You’d think so. But as anyone who’d followed the torturous process in the Land o’ Lincoln can attest, that’s a long and winding road. In the mean time, gun owners in Highland Park – as well as the other towns considering similar measures – have some decisions to make.