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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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Louisiana: Package of Pro-Gun Bills Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Louisiana: Package of Pro-Gun Bills Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Four pro-gun bills have been passed by the Louisiana Legislature and will now be sent to the desk ...

Louisiana: Important Second Amendment Legislation up for Vote in Both Chambers Today!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Louisiana: Important Second Amendment Legislation up for Vote in Both Chambers Today!

Law-abiding gun owners are on the cusp of having a single, statewide standard on firearms ordinances across Louisiana. 

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Multiple Pro-Gun Bills

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Multiple Pro-Gun Bills

Today, the Senate Judiciary C Committee passed four pro-gun bills, which will now head to the full Senate for ...

Iowa: Legislature to Reconvene, Range Protection & Preemption Bill Still In Senate

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Iowa: Legislature to Reconvene, Range Protection & Preemption Bill Still In Senate

On June 3rd, the Iowa Legislature is scheduled to reconvene. Before the COVID-19 crisis forced the suspension of ...

Mississippi Legislature Reconvenes: Urge Your Senators To Take Action on State Firearms Preemption Improvement Bill

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mississippi Legislature Reconvenes: Urge Your Senators To Take Action on State Firearms Preemption Improvement Bill

Back in March, before the legislative session was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mississippi House of ...

Louisiana: Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing on Thursday

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Louisiana: Pro-Gun Bills Scheduled for Senate Committee Hearing on Thursday

Four pro-gun measures have been assigned to the Senate Judiciary C Committee and are scheduled to be considered ...

Louisiana: Anti-Gun, Left Wing Media Calls 2A Protections "Extremism" and "Ridiculous"

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Louisiana: Anti-Gun, Left Wing Media Calls 2A Protections "Extremism" and "Ridiculous"

The liberal, left wing media in Louisiana is calling basic 2A protections "extremism" and "ridiculous." Last week, a House committee ...

Louisiana: Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Committee!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Louisiana: Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Committee!

Yesterday, four pro-gun measures were passed out of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee. 

Louisiana: House Committee to Hear Pro-Second Amendment Bills Next Week

Friday, May 8, 2020

Louisiana: House Committee to Hear Pro-Second Amendment Bills Next Week

Next Wednesday at 1:00pm, the House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to hear four pro-gun bills that will ...

Jackson Mayor’s Unconstitutional and Unlawful Ban on Open Carry Expires Without Extension or Renewal

Friday, May 1, 2020

Jackson Mayor’s Unconstitutional and Unlawful Ban on Open Carry Expires Without Extension or Renewal

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba held a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce that his unconstitutional and unlawful ...

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