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Illinois judge blocks assault weapons ban hours before it was to go into effect

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In this photo Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) In this photo Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 assault rifle are displayed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A judge is blocking the northern Chicago suburb of Deerfield from enforcing its ban on certain semi-automatic guns.

The temporary restraining order issued Tuesday by a Lake County judge came less than 24 hours before the village 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.

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