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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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Associated Press  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Preemption bill likely dead for year in Nebraska

A bill that would have barred Nebraska towns and cities from enacting stricter limits on guns than state ...

Maine: Gun Bills Could Soon be Considered in the House

Monday, May 15, 2017

Maine: Gun Bills Could Soon be Considered in the House

This week, the Maine House of Representatives could consider both Legislative Document 351 and Legislative Document 9 at any time.

Tennessee: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tennessee: General Assembly Adjourns from its 2017 Legislative Session

The first year of Tennessee’s 110th General Assembly session adjourned today with many pro-gun victories.

Times Free Press  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Times Free Press

Legislation making it easier for gun-rights groups and others to challenge "gun-free zones" on locally owned government property ...

Tennessee: General Assembly Passes Major Pro-Gun Bills

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tennessee: General Assembly Passes Major Pro-Gun Bills

Tuesday night, the Tennessee General Assembly passed multiple NRA-backed pro-gun bills.  These bills will now be sent to ...

Tennessee Action Needed: Senate to Vote on Important Pro-Gun Bill

Monday, May 8, 2017

Tennessee Action Needed: Senate to Vote on Important Pro-Gun Bill

Senate Bill 445, companion to House Bill 508, is up for a vote on the Senate floor.

Tennessee: Important Pro-Gun Bill Passes House, Up for Vote in Senate

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tennessee: Important Pro-Gun Bill Passes House, Up for Vote in Senate

Senate Bill 445, companion to House Bill 508, is headed to the Senate floor for a vote. 

Associated Press  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Arizona: Ducey OKs background check preemption legislation

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that block state and local governments from requiring background checks on private ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pennsylvania: House OKs Bill to Aid Challenges to Local Gun Ordinances

The Pennsylvania state House wants to enable gun owners and groups such as the National Rifle Association to ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pennsylvania Senate Again Takes Aim at Local Firearm Laws

The Pennsylvania Senate is reviving legislation that's designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like ...

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