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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


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wichita City Council repeals gun ordinances to comply with new state law

Most firearms confiscated by Wichita police soon will be sold at public auction rather than being destroyed.Also later ...


Friday, June 6, 2014

Judge sides with county board; strikes down part of Fla. gun law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott does not have the power to remove Palm Beach County commissioners from office for ...


Monday, May 12, 2014

West Virginia: Martinsburg gun regs now comply with state law

Martinsburg’s gun ordinances are now in compliance with a new state law.The law prohibits municipalities from enacting firearms ...


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

West Virginia: Charleston City council repeals handgun ordinance

The city of Charleston's handgun sales ordinance was eliminated Monday night after Mayor Danny Jones declared the vote ...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pennsylvania: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bill, Holds Another

Today, the House Judiciary Committee was scheduled to consider the following two pro-gun bills:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Arizona: Update on Important Pro-Gun Legislation

Yesterday, House Bill 2517 passed in the House Rules Committee and is now scheduled to be considered on ...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

West Virginia: Contact Governor Tomblin and Urge him to Sign SB 317 into Law

Last week, Senate Bill 317 passed in the West Virginia House of Delegates by a 92-5 vote after passing unanimously ...


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

West Virginia: Senate passes bill nixing local gun laws

The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would shoot down municipal gun control laws in cities ...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Georgia: Update on Pro-Gun Activity in Atlanta

Yesterday, House Bill 875 passed in the Georgia House of Representatives by a 119-56 vote.  It will now go to ...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

West Virginia: Senate Committee to Hear Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Senate Bill 317, sponsored by state Senator John Unger (D-16), is expected to be heard in the ...

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