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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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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 ...

Jackson Mayor Uses COVID-19 to Unlawfully Ban Open Carry

Monday, April 27, 2020

Jackson Mayor Uses COVID-19 to Unlawfully Ban Open Carry

On Friday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued an executive order suspending "the carrying of an unconcealed loaded or ...

West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Preemption Bill

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Preemption Bill

Today, Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law.

Iowa: Range Protection & Preemption Bill to Senate Floor

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Iowa: Range Protection & Preemption Bill to Senate Floor

On March 9th, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee passed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being ...

Mississippi House Approves Legislation to Improve State Firearms Preemption Statute

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mississippi House Approves Legislation to Improve State Firearms Preemption Statute

On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1215 by Rep. Shane Barnett (R-Greene, Perry & Wayne Cos). 

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