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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: Strong Firearms Preemption Bill on House Floor TODAY!

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Mississippi: Strong Firearms Preemption Bill on House Floor TODAY!

Today after 10:00am, the House will vote on legislation that strengthens Mississippi’s firearms preemption law, House Bill 634.

Connecticut: Handful of Gun Bills Introduced in the General Assembly

Friday, January 29, 2021

Connecticut: Handful of Gun Bills Introduced in the General Assembly

Since the start of the 2021 Legislative Session, the Connecticut General Assembly has seen the introduction of multiple firearm-related bill ...

Mississippi: Delay Pushes Preemption Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Mississippi: Delay Pushes Preemption Legislation to be Considered Tomorrow

Due to a delay last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is now scheduled to consider preemption legislation, Senate ...

Mississippi: Senate Judiciary Committee Scheduled to Vote on Preemption Legislation Tomorrow

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mississippi: Senate Judiciary Committee Scheduled to Vote on Preemption Legislation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Senate Judiciary B Committee will take up preemption legislation, Senate Bill 2107

Two Gun Control Ordinances Loom Ahead for Monday, September 21st ABQ City Council Meeting!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Two Gun Control Ordinances Loom Ahead for Monday, September 21st ABQ City Council Meeting!

The City Council recently voted down Resolution R-20-68 that would have urged the New Mexico Legislature to rip the state firearms ...

Virginia: Fairfax County Considering Gun Ban Tomorrow

Monday, September 14, 2020

Virginia: Fairfax County Considering Gun Ban Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider banning firearms in certain public locations.

Anti-Gun ABQ City Council members Triple Down Against Your Second Amendment Rights!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Anti-Gun ABQ City Council members Triple Down Against Your Second Amendment Rights!

Not satisfied with restrictive gun control measures already enacted by the New Mexico Legislature, like the ban on private ...

North Carolina: Holly Springs Open Carry Ban Considered Tonight

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

North Carolina: Holly Springs Open Carry Ban Considered Tonight

Tonight, the Holly Springs Town Council will consider banning the open carrying of firearms in certain public locations. 

Tell Loudoun County: No Gun Ban

Monday, August 31, 2020

Tell Loudoun County: No Gun Ban

During the Business Meeting tomorrow, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to begin drafting a ...

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