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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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West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Heading to Governor

Monday, March 2, 2020

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Heading to Governor

On March 2nd, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 81-17 to pass Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption ...

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill On 2nd Reading

Friday, February 28, 2020

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill On 2nd Reading

On February 29th, the West Virginia House of Delegates will be holding second reading on Senate Bill 96 ...

Utah: Multiple Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Today

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Utah: Multiple Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Today

Today, the Utah House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on two anti-gun bills, House Bill 115 and House ...

West Virginia: House Passes Carry Permit Fee Reduction

Monday, February 17, 2020

West Virginia: House Passes Carry Permit Fee Reduction

Last week in a bipartisan 30-2 vote, the West Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s ...

West Virginia: Senate Passes Important Preemption Bill

Monday, February 10, 2020

West Virginia: Senate Passes Important Preemption Bill

On February 10th, the West Virginia Senate voted 30-2 to pass Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law. ...

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Moves to Senate Floor

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Moves to Senate Floor

On February 4th, the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-1 to advance Senate Bill 96 to strengthen ...

Virginia: House Passes Anti-Gun Bills

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Virginia: House Passes Anti-Gun Bills

On January 30th, the Virginia House of Delegates voted to pass all of the anti-gun bills before them ...

West Virginia Next Committee Hearing For Important Preemption Bill

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

West Virginia Next Committee Hearing For Important Preemption Bill

On February 3rd, the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee will hear Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s ...

Virginia: House Committee Rubber Stamps Bloomberg Agenda

Friday, January 24, 2020

Virginia: House Committee Rubber Stamps Bloomberg Agenda

On the morning of January 24th, the Virginia House Public Safety Committee quickly passed all of the gun ...

Washington: Additional Hearing Scheduled on Gun Ban Bills

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Washington: Additional Hearing Scheduled on Gun Ban Bills

On Tuesday, January 21st, at 10AM, the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee will consider several anti-gun bills ...

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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.