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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


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

West Virginia: House votes to repeal local gun laws

A nearly unanimous West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday approved a measure that would repeal a handful ...


Monday, March 11, 2013

Wyoming Legislature Concludes Session with Mixed Results for Gun Owners

The Wyoming Legislature concluded its 2013 session with mixed results for law-abiding gun owners.  Although one pro-hunting reform was ...

Monday, March 11, 2013

West Virginia: Firearms Preemption Improvement Bill Passes House

Today, NRA-backed House Bill 2760, sponsored by Delegate Rupie Phillips (D-24), passed in the House of Delegates by ...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

West Virginia: Charleston Mayor Shows True Colors in Opposition to Gun Rights

On March 5, NRA-backed House Bill 2760 passed by a voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee.  Sponsored ...


Thursday, March 7, 2013

West Virginia: House panel advances preemption bill

West Virginia would void local and county wide gun laws under a measure endorsed Tuesday by the House ...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

West Virginia: House Committee Passes Firearms Preemption Bill

Yesterday, NRA-backed House Bill 2760, sponsored by Delegate Rupie Phillips (D-24), passed by a voice vote in the ...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wyoming: Pro-Gun Reform is Doomed Unless Your Senator Hears from You TODAY!

Yesterday, the Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4 to 1 to approve House Bill 103, an important pro-gun ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wyoming: Senate Judiciary Committee Stunts Pro-Gun Reform with Needless Amendments

Today, the Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4 to 1 to approve House Bill 103, an important pro-gun ...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wyoming: House Passes Hunting Improvement Bill Without Harmful Amendments Today

Thanks to passionate input from hunters and sportsmen, the Wyoming House of Representatives voted 44 to 14 in ...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Largest Gun Control Push in Minnesota History Started Today

Today, the House Public Safety, Finance and Policy Committee began three days of hearings on multiple dangerous anti-gun ...

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