(WBBM Newsradio) — The village of Deerfield may be getting closer to a ban on assault weapons.

It was the deaths of 17 people in Florida that was the tipping point for Deerfield, Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said Tuesday.

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“I believe is took all of us by storm with those students being so articulate,” she said. “So, I think it struck many of us, and the the time was right.”

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Mayor Rosenthal says Deerfield elected leaders will consider an assault weapons ban when they meet March 5.

It’s not clear that local municipalities can actually impose a ban — that’s something only the state can do — but Rosenthal says because Deerfield took some action on weapons five years ago, the village got a foot in the door, legally speaking.

She says the local government may now impose its own assault weapons ban.

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