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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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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 ...

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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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Friday, February 14, 2014

Arizona could penalize cities for gun laws

The state of Arizona could impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the ...

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kansas: House panel reviewing preemption measure

A Kansas House committee is taking up legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to regulate guns ...

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Kansas: House panel to vote on gun rights measure

A Kansas House committee is preparing to vote on legislation stripping cities and counties of any power to ...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pennsylvania: Critical Firearms Preemption Legislation Introduced

House Bill 2011, important firearms preemption legislation, was introduced yesterday by pro-gun state Representative Mark Keller (R-86).  If ...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Introduced in state House

Yesterday, state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11) introduced House Bill 875, the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent ...

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nebraska: Bill would limit local gun restrictions

A Nebraska lawmaker is proposing legislation that would prevent cities and counties from enacting stricter gun regulations than ...

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