The council lacks the expertise to regulate assault weapons, Buck said. If anything, he said, it will make Winnetka residents more vulnerable to would-be criminals. Now that the ordinance is on the books, future councils could amend it to make it more difficult to own a gun and protect one's home in Winnetka.
He described a hypothetical situation of trying to defend his family with a limited number of bullets because of the village ordinance.
"I don't think that will ever happen in Winnetka. I'm not crazy. I've lived here all my life," Buck said. "But who knows what the future will bring?"
Kates remembers what was brought by the past. He described to his fellow trustees how the son of then-neighbors, 6-year-old Robert Trossman, was shot in the stomach by Dann in the bathroom of the Hubbard Woods School. She would later turn the gun on herself.
After the council vote, Kates said he was disappointed they couldn't pass a ban on assault weapons, but was glad the village passed an ordinance at the deadline.
"People like to insulate themselves, but the past indicates these events can happen anywhere," Kates said.
Don Trossman knows the fact of that statement firsthand.
Reached by phone recently, Trossman declined to discuss that day or his son, Robert, beyond saying that "he's doing fine." Over the years, the Trossman family has been approached by many media outlets, he said.
"We have steadfastly not talked to the press. … We were more concerned with our child healing and not wanting him to live with this for the rest of his life," said Trossman, a Glencoe resident and managing director at Cohen Financial.
Trossman said he's always favored limiting access to guns, but his feelings have grown stronger in recent years.
"I've become more opinionated about not putting assault weapons in the hands of private citizens," Trossman said. "It's just not necessary."
A history of Winnetka's prominent shootings and ensuing gun regulations
May 1988 – Laurie Dann shoots six children at the Hubbard Woods School, killing 8-year-old Nick Corwin. She also shot 20-year-old Phil Andrew before killing herself.
1989 – Winnetka passes a handgun ban.
April 1990 – David Biro, a 16-year-old New Trier High School student, shoots and kills Richard and Nancy Langert in their Winnetka townhome. Biro is later sentenced to life in prison.
June 2008 – The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Washington D.C. handgun ban, ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a firearm for self-defense.
November 2008 – Winnetka repeals its handgun ban.
July 19, 2013 – The Winnetka Village Council approves an ordinance regulating the transportation of assault weapons in the village.