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Northbrook year in review: Ordinances banning bump stocks, purchase of the Grainger property

Monday, December 24, 2018
Chicago Tribune
by Alexandra Kukulka

Northbrook year in review: Ordinances banning bump stocks, purchase of the Grainger property

In 2018, the Northbrook Board of Trustees approved ordinances banning bump stocks within the village and concealed carry in establishments that serve or sell liquor. Shortly after that, the village decided that the Cook County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the county’s assault weapons ban in Northbrook. The village also spent $8.3 million to purchase the Grainger, Inc. property in downtown Northbrook to have control over the future of the 10.3 acre parcel.

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back on the biggest local stories of the year.


Cook County assault weapons ban

The Northbrook Board of Trustees unanimously voted in May to prohibit bump stocks within the village and to ban concealed carry in establishments that serve or sell liquor.

The board approved an ordinance banning the sale, manufacture and possession of bump stocks and similar accessories within the village. The ordinance is modeled after similar ones that have been adopted by municipalities across the country as well as a proposed statute that was pending in the Illinois state legislature, said Northbrook Village Attorney Steve Elrod.

The ordinance defines bump stocks as “a device that uses the recoil of the previous shot to fire the next shot rather than the shooter’s trigger finger reflexes, greatly increasing the speed at which the weapon is fired.”

The board also approved an ordinance prohibiting the concealed carry of firearms in businesses where alcohol is sold and can be consumed on the property. The businesses will be required to post signs making the prohibition clear to customers, Elrod said. Certain people are exempt from the ordinance including police officers, military personnel and the business owner, Elrod said.

The board began exploring the legal options available for enacting or enforcing a ban on assault weapons and bump stocks within the village in April. At that time, the board instructed the village’s attorney to look into how the village could enforce the already existing Cook County assault weapons ban.

Elrod said the Cook County assault weapons ban is applicable and enforceable in Northbrook because both are home rule municipalities. Ultimately, village staff determined that Cook County officials will be responsible for enforcing the ban in Northbrook.

“Based on meetings that our village attorney and staff have had with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, we have been advised by the sheriff’s office that its police department will take primary responsibility for enforcement of the ordinance within Northbrook, and the Cook County State’s Attorney will be responsible for prosecution of the Cook County Blair Holt Act violations,” said Village President Sandra Frum.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office staff has offered to meet with the Northbrook Police Department to develop protocols for Northbrook police officers “to use to notify the sheriff if we discover or determine that a possible violation has occurred,” Frum said.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office Chief Policy Officer Cara Smith said the office enforces the ban by determining if a confiscated assault w

Smith confirmed that the sheriff’s office is in communication with Northbrook officials about enforcing the ban in the village.

“I don’t think it’s going to be very complicated. We’ll look at communication between the Northbrook Police Department and our office,” Smith said at the time.

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