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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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Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

The Illinois state Senate could vote on legislation to allow localities to infringe upon Second Amendment rights as ...

Illinois: Committees to Hear Gun Control

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Illinois: Committees to Hear Gun Control

Today, the Illinois state House Judiciary-Criminal Committee will be considering a floor amendment that was added to House Bill 1470 ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Florida: St. Petersburg, Tallahassee Join Suit Over Local Gun Laws

St. Petersburg and Tallahassee will join 10 other Florida cities in a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott over ...

Tallahassee Democrat  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Florida: Gun law likely to trigger lawsuit

Marion Hammer, the NRA’s lead lobbyist in Florida, told Commissioner Bryan Desloge in a Sunday email that all ...

Ohio: Committees to Hear Self-Defense Bills

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ohio: Committees to Hear Self-Defense Bills

On April 10th, the Ohio state Senate Judiciary Committee and the state House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee will be holding the ...

WGN  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Illinois: NRA joins fight against Deerfield’s gun ban

The gun rights group, Guns Save Life, is filing a lawsuit, and they’re getting support from the National ...

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 ...

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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.