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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

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

National Rifle Association suing Pittsburgh and Philadelphia over gun laws

Let no one accuse the National Rifle Association of being slow on the draw: It is suing Pittsburgh, ...

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg sued under new law targeting gun measures

The Associated Press  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg sued under new law targeting gun measures

Pennsylvania's capital city is facing a lawsuit believed to be the first filed under a new state law ...

WFMZ (Pa.)  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Pennsylvania: Potential lawsuits put Reading's gun laws in jeopardy

A new state law is taking aim at Pennsylvania municipalities that have their own gun laws, and Reading ...

The Reading Eagle  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pennsylvania: Reading, other cities wrestle with gun laws

City Council on Dec. 8 had started the process of repealing its requirement that gun owners report lost ...

The Patriot-News  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pennsylvania: Kane refuses defense of bill threatening local gun laws

Attorney General Kathleen Kane has signaled she won't stand for the state in defense of a bill adopted ...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pennsylvania: Officials irked about state bill that could eliminate local gun laws

The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to ...


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way ...


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and other communities with firearms regulations could soon face lawsuits from the National Rifle Association and other ...


Friday, October 17, 2014

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities

The state Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups -- including the National Rifle ...


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pennsylvania could give the NRA the right to sue cities

Cities in Pennsylvania may have to think carefully before passing ordinances relating to guns and gun control in ...

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