The Village of Deerfield in Lake County voted to ban some semi-automatic weapons Monday night after a series a public hearings on the proposal. The idea came from the Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal after the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Back in 2013, before the state’s new Firearm Concealed Carry Act went into effect, home-rule municipalities like Deerfield had 10 days to make changes their the gun ordinances. At the time, the neighboring suburb of Highland Park banned assault weapons outright, and Deerfield put rules in place that required safe storage and transportation of the weapons. The fact that Deerfield acted during that 10-day period gave the village the ability to amend its ordinance at any time, and Mayor Rosenthal says that time is now. Morning Shift talks to Deerfield Village Manager Kent Street about last night’s meeting of the Deerfield Village Board and how a ban would work.
Kent Street, Deerfield Village Manager