Judge blocks Lake County villages semi-automatic weapons ban

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A judge is blocking a Lake County community from enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic guns.

The temporary restraining order issued Tuesday by a Lake County judge came a day before the village of Deerfield ordinance was to take effect. The Deerfield board voted in April to impose the ban on weapons such as the AR-15, which has been used in mass shootings. The ordinance allows finds of up to $1,000 a day.

Gun-rights groups filed lawsuits against the ban, arguing Deerfield officials violating a state law that prohibits municipalities from enacting such bans after 2013.
Deerfield officials say they are reviewing the judge’s ruling and will consider an appeal.