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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

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 ...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Texas House Committee to Consider Ban on Private Firearms Sales at Gun Shows this Week

This Thursday, April 11, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety will hold a public hearing ...

Monday, April 8, 2013

Kansas: Legislature Passes Many Pro-Gun Reforms This Year

Last August and November, Kansas gun owners -- exhausted from making calls, knocking on doors and engaging in ...

Friday, April 5, 2013

Texas Senate Passes Two Pro-Gun Measures and Expected to Act on Another Soon

This week, the Texas Senate passed two NRA-backed measures: Senate Bill 299 by state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita ...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nevada: Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard on Monday

Several pro-gun measures that would improve Nevada firearm laws will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 25 ...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

West Virginia: Mayor Danny Jones and Charleston Newspapers are Fighting Against Your Gun Rights

Earlier this month, we reported that Charleston Mayor Danny Jones seems to be doing the bidding for anti-gun ...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Florida Alert: Want to Buy AMMO? Take an Anger Management Course First

Under a bill proposed by Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), a person could not purchase any firearms ammunition without ...


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 ...

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