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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.

Issue Articles


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tennessee: Bill would remove bans on guns in city parks

Cities in Tennessee could be forced to remove bans on handguns in their parks if a push underway ...

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Vermont: Burlington may push gun control despite preemption in 2014

It's against state law to try to regulate guns in the Green Mountain State, but city officials here ...


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

California: Oakland looks to toughen ownership rules under law

Oakland could become the first city in California to require residents to register guns with the city or ...


Friday, September 6, 2013

Ohio: Oberlin's law on firearms in parks makes city a target for gun litigation

City Council is reluctantly mulling a change to its law that prevents firearms in city parks, as it ...


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Illinois governor amends concealed carry gun legislation

Calling it a "flawed bill with serious safety problems," Gov. Pat Quinn changed a concealed carry measure Tuesday ...


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

West Virginia: House votes to repeal local gun laws

A nearly unanimous West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday approved a measure that would repeal a handful ...


Monday, March 11, 2013

Wyoming Legislature Concludes Session with Mixed Results for Gun Owners

The Wyoming Legislature concluded its 2013 session with mixed results for law-abiding gun owners.  Although one pro-hunting reform was ...


Thursday, March 7, 2013

West Virginia: House panel advances preemption bill

West Virginia would void local and county wide gun laws under a measure endorsed Tuesday by the House ...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wyoming: House Passes Hunting Improvement Bill Without Harmful Amendments Today

Thanks to passionate input from hunters and sportsmen, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted 44 to 14 in ...


Friday, April 6, 2012

H.R. 4269: Protecting Lawful Transportation of Firearms

An important provision of federal law, intended to protect the right of law-abiding gun owners to transport firearms ...

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