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Firearm Preemption Laws

Gun control supporters demand that state legislatures impose a wide variety of gun control restrictions within their borders. However, they hypocritically cry foul when legislatures use their power to limit gun control. Frustrated at their inability to convince state legislatures to adopt the restrictive firearm laws they propose, gun control supporters say that local jurisdictions should be able to adopt those restrictions independently.

Aside from gun control supporters’ hypocrisy, there are multiple arguments against local restrictions on basic firearm rights. Historically, some local jurisdictions have imposed clearly unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership—the District of Columbia’s and Chicago’s since-overturned handgun bans being two recent examples. It also creates confusion when laws vary widely within a state, potentially placing otherwise law-abiding citizens at risk of violating an ordinance of which they were not previously aware, as they travel within their states, and more so when they travel outside their state of residence.

As a result, almost all states today have a law prohibiting local jurisdictions from imposing gun control restrictions that are more severe than state law.

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New Hampshire: House Passes Pro-Gun Measures

Friday, April 9, 2021

New Hampshire: House Passes Pro-Gun Measures

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives held floor votes on pro-gun measures, House Bill 307 and House ...

Iowa: Monroe Co. Sues IFC for Asking Them to Follow Law

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Iowa: Monroe Co. Sues IFC for Asking Them to Follow Law

Monroe County is suing Iowa Firearms Coalition, an NRA state affiliate, along with one of its members, in retaliation for ...

Wyoming: Committee Passes Bill Protecting Second Amendment Rights on Campus

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Wyoming: Committee Passes Bill Protecting Second Amendment Rights on Campus

On March 12th, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to pass Senate File 137 to ensure that Second Amendment ...

Victory in Washington Preemption Case

Monday, February 22, 2021

Victory in Washington Preemption Case

Today, the Washington Court of Appeals struck two firearms-storage ordinances under the state’s preemption law in an NRA-ILA case.

Missouri: Bill Filed to Protect Second Amendment in Emergencies

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Missouri: Bill Filed to Protect Second Amendment in Emergencies

Recently, House Speaker Pro-Tem John Wiemann introduced House Bill 1068, to ensure Second Amendment rights remain protected during ...

Mississippi Senate Passes Strong Preemption Reform Bill on 35 to 16 Vote!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Mississippi Senate Passes Strong Preemption Reform Bill on 35 to 16 Vote!

Yesterday afternoon, the Mississippi Senate passed NRA-backed Senate Bill 2107, which makes important reforms to the state firearms preemption law.

New Hampshire: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

New Hampshire: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 10, at 11:00am, the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider two pro-gun ...

Mississippi: Strong Firearms Preemption Bill on House Floor TODAY!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Mississippi: Strong Firearms Preemption Bill on House Floor TODAY!

Today after 10:00am, the House will vote on legislation that strengthens Mississippi’s firearms preemption law, House Bill 634.

Connecticut: Handful of Gun Bills Introduced in the General Assembly

Friday, January 29, 2021

Connecticut: Handful of Gun Bills Introduced in the General Assembly

Since the start of the 2021 Legislative Session, the Connecticut General Assembly has seen the introduction of multiple firearm-related bill ...

Mississippi: Delay Pushes Preemption Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Mississippi: Delay Pushes Preemption Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow

Due to a delay last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is now scheduled to consider preemption legislation, Senate ...

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