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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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Chicago Tribune  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Illinois: Deerfield bans commonly-owned semi-autos and standard-capacity magazines

Unlike Highland Park, Deerfield opted not to enact a total ban on assault weapons during a 10-day window ...

Preemption Protects Gun Owners

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Preemption Protects Gun Owners

Anti-gun activists are acutely aware that preemption laws are all that stand in the way of their agenda ...

Louisiana: Egregious Anti-Gun Bills Brewing in 2018 Session

Friday, March 16, 2018

Louisiana: Egregious Anti-Gun Bills Brewing in 2018 Session

As the Louisiana Legislature begins its 2018 Session, several overreaching gun control bills have been filed that infringe on ...

Illinois: Expanded Waiting Period Bill Heads to Governor, Gun Ban Heads Back to House

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Illinois: Expanded Waiting Period Bill Heads to Governor, Gun Ban Heads Back to House

On Wednesday, March 14th, the Illinois state Senate voted to pass a number of extreme gun control bills that would expand ...

Illinois: Senate Attempts to Repeal Preemption Law

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Illinois: Senate Attempts to Repeal Preemption Law

Today, the Illinois state Senate is going to vote on an amended version of House Bill 1467 to ...

Tennessee: More Gun Bill Hearings Scheduled for this Week

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tennessee: More Gun Bill Hearings Scheduled for this Week

Tomorrow, multiple committees are scheduled to hear pro-gun bills

New Hampshire: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Considered on House Floor

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Hampshire: Pro-Gun Legislation to be Considered on House Floor

On Wednesday, February 7, the New Hampshire House will consider House Bill 1749 and Floor Amendment 0408H.

Cleveland Loses Firearm Preemption Case, Leaves Taxpayers to Foot the Bill

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Cleveland Loses Firearm Preemption Case, Leaves Taxpayers to Foot the Bill

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to hear an appeal by the City of Cleveland to an intermediate ...

New Hampshire: Committee Soon to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

Thursday, January 25, 2018

New Hampshire: Committee Soon to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

Currently awaiting consideration by the House Municipal and County Government Committee is House Bill 1749.

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

Gun control groups are fond of describing preemption as a doctrine whereby a state has stripped local governments ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.