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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
Arizona: Pro-Gun Bills Pass Through Committees

Monday, February 23, 2015

Arizona: Pro-Gun Bills Pass Through Committees

Senate Bill 1291, the state preemption bill introduced by state Senator Steve Smith (R-11), passed through both the ...

The Legal Intelligencer  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gun Law Challenges Prevail in Two Cases in Pa. Federal Court

Two federal judges in Pennsylvania have granted relief to people who had been barred by law from owning ...

The Las Vegas Review-Journal  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Nevada: Bill introduced to do away with Clark County handgun registration

Two gun-related bills, including a measure that would do away with a handgun registration requirement in Clark County, ...

The Intelligencer  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Pennsylvania: Doylestown Township repeals gun-carrying prohibitions

Doylestown Township supervisors approved a change in the township’s code Tuesday night to delete prohibitions against carrying firearms ...

The Express-Times  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Pennsylvania: Allentown repeals its gun laws under threat of lawsuits

Allentown City Council on Wednesday repealed all city ordinances dealing with firearms in the wake of lawsuits filed ...

The Morning Call  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Pennsylvania: Bethlehem poised to repeal $2 gun fee

As gun rights groups galvanize around a new Pennsylvania law making it easier to challenge local gun laws, ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Phila. Council considers a way to preserve its tougher gun law

Philadelphia City Council is moving to suspend about a dozen gun laws that are not being enforced in ...

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 ...

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