Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

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

Associated Press  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Arizona Attorney General: Tucson may break law when destroying guns

The Arizona Attorney General says the city of Tucson may be violating state law by destroying guns that ...

Seattle PI  

Monday, November 7, 2016

Seattle won't release its gun tax revenue; here's why

Mike Coombs, owner of Sodo's Outdoor Emporium, says he has laid off three employees and taken a $2 ...

Kentucky: Anti-Gun Legislation Pre-Filed to Remove State Preemption Laws

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Kentucky: Anti-Gun Legislation Pre-Filed to Remove State Preemption Laws

This week, state Senator Reginald Thomas (D-13) pre-filed BR 172, legislation that would allow urban-county governments and consolidated local ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Arizona lawmaker wants Tucson to stop destroying guns

An Arizona lawmaker says the city of Tucson is violating a state law by destroying guns turned in ...

Washington Times  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pennsylvania lawmakers rush to wrap up final session votes

Lawmakers expect to work late into the night as they make one final try to pass a slew ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Montana: State attorney general to rule on Missoula’s new gun rules

Montana’s attorney general will issue a legal opinion on a Missoula ordinance requiring background checks for private gun ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Showdown over local gun laws looms in Pennsylvania

State lawmakers on Monday moved closer to an election season showdown with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over a ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Arizona: Lawmaker says Tucson destroying guns instead of selling

A southern Arizona lawmaker wants Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to determine if Tucson is breaking state law ...


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gianforte, Bullock say Missoula background check ordinance against state law

Despite a contentious election, Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte do agree on at least one ...


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Montana: Missoula City Council criminalizes private transfers

The proposed ordinance requiring background checks for private transfers of guns is now law, after Missoula City Council ...


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.