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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, April 18, 2017

Arizona House advances private transfer preemption bill

The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would bar state and local governments from ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Gun pre-emption bill wins first-round approval in Nebraska

A bill that would overturn most local gun ordinances that are more stringent than Nebraska state law cleared ...

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Passed out of House Subcommittee

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Legislation Passed out of House Subcommittee

Today, the Tennessee House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee passed House Bill 508. 

Oklahoma: Pro-Gun Preemption Bill Passed out of Committee

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oklahoma: Pro-Gun Preemption Bill Passed out of Committee

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2322.

Maine Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Expected for House Floor Vote

Friday, April 7, 2017

Maine Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Expected for House Floor Vote

In the near future, the Legislative Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be releasing a divided ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gun Pre-Emption Bill Sparks Debate Among Nebraska Lawmakers

A bill that would bar local governments from passing gun restrictions that are stricter than state law drew ...

Tennessee: Preemption Bill to be Heard by Committee Tomorrow!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tennessee: Preemption Bill to be Heard by Committee Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, March 28, the House Civil Justice Committee will hold a hearing to consider HB 508.

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Moving Through the General Assembly

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Moving Through the General Assembly

Several pro-gun bills are on the move in Tennessee!

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed multiple pro-gun bills, including House Bill 1721, House Bill 2323, and House ...

Oklahoma: Support Legislation to Prevent Your Taxes from Being Used to Fund Gun Control

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Oklahoma: Support Legislation to Prevent Your Taxes from Being Used to Fund Gun Control

Currently awaiting consideration by the Oklahoma House of Representatives is House Bill 1803.

NRA ILA

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.