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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

Chicago Tribune  

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Illinois: Cook County Sheriff's Office will enforce semi-auto ban in Northbrook, officials say

Cook County Sheriff’s Office police officers will enforce the county’s assault weapons ban in the Village of Northbrook, ...

Washington Post  

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Florida officials who flout state law can be fined, kicked out of office

Florida law prohibits local municipalities from passing ordinances that regulate firearms or ammunition, and if one is passed ...

Illinois: Bill attacking firearms preemption passes Senate committee

State Journal-Register  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Illinois: Bill attacking firearms preemption passes Senate committee

Senate Bill 2314 would eliminate the pre-emption put in place following the passage of the state’s concealed carry ...


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ohio legislators look to clamp down harder on communities that try to pass local gun restrictions

Ohio lawmakers blocked cities and villages from enacting their own gun laws 12 years ago, but now they ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Florida: St. Petersburg, Tallahassee Join Suit Over Local Gun Laws

St. Petersburg and Tallahassee will join 10 other Florida cities in a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott over ...

Tallahassee Democrat  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Florida: Gun law likely to trigger lawsuit

Marion Hammer, the NRA’s lead lobbyist in Florida, told Commissioner Bryan Desloge in a Sunday email that all ...


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Illinois: NRA joins fight against Deerfield’s gun ban

The gun rights group, Guns Save Life, is filing a lawsuit, and they’re getting support from the National ...

Chicago Tribune  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Illinois: Deerfield bans commonly-owned semi-autos and standard-capacity magazines

Unlike Highland Park, Deerfield opted not to enact a total ban on assault weapons during a 10-day window ...

Preemption Protects Gun Owners


Friday, March 30, 2018

Preemption Protects Gun Owners

Anti-gun activists are acutely aware that preemption laws are all that stand in the way of their agenda ...

Cleveland Loses Firearm Preemption Case, Leaves Taxpayers to Foot the Bill


Friday, February 2, 2018

Cleveland Loses Firearm Preemption Case, Leaves Taxpayers to Foot the Bill

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to hear an appeal by the City of Cleveland to an intermediate ...

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