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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, September 5, 2013

Immediate Help Still Needed to Preserve California’s Second Amendment Rights and Hunting Heritage – Contact State Senator Jim Beall NOW

State Senator Jim Beall is a key vote to stopping several anti-gun bills and one anti-hunting bill.  He ...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

California’s Second Amendment Rights and Hunting Heritage Needs Your Immediate Help – Contact State Senator Marty Block NOW

State Senator Marty Block is a key vote to stopping several anti-gun bills and one anti-hunting bill.  He ...


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Illinois governor amends concealed carry gun legislation

Calling it a "flawed bill with serious safety problems," Gov. Pat Quinn changed a concealed carry measure Tuesday ...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

California: More Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard Next Week and Two Anti-Gun Bills Pass on Party-Line Vote

Time is running out!  The following bills are scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, June 18, in the ...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Illinois: Right to Carry Legislation Endangered in Springfield

This week, in another attempt to skirt the United States Court of Appeals ruling to institute Right to ...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Illinois: Concealed Carry Bill with Statewide Preemption Passes House

Today, Senate Bill 2193 passed the Illinois House of Representatives with House Amendments 1 and 2 in a ...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Texas Senate Passes NRA-Backed Campus Parking Lot Bill And House Schedules Pro-Gun Measures For Consideration This Weekend

As NRA members begin to gather in Houston for the 2013 Annual Meeting, action is heating up in ...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Alabama: House of Representatives Scheduled to Consider Omnibus Pro-Gun Legislation this Thursday

This Thursday, May 2, the Alabama House of Representatives is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 286.  SB 286 ...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Oregon: Multnomah Board of County Commissioners Approves Restrictive Firearms Ordinance

Last Thursday, the Multnomah Board of County Commissioners gave final and unanimous approval to a restrictive firearms ordinance cosponsored by Commissioner ...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nevada: Bills Await Committee Action as Legislative Deadline Approaches

This Friday, April 12, marks the deadline for bills to pass committee in their legislative chamber of origin.  Currently, several ...

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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.