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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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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.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Affirms Right to Carry a Firearm for Self-Defense on Madison Buses

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wisconsin Supreme Court Affirms Right to Carry a Firearm for Self-Defense on Madison Buses

Today, in a 5-2 ruling, Wisconsin’s Supreme Court found that the Madison County Transit’s current carry prohibition on ...

Des Moines Register  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Broad changes proposed to Iowa gun laws

Iowa firearms advocates have spent years making incremental progress toward what they say is necessary reform of the ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Arizona high court sets hearing in Tucson gun case

The Arizona Supreme Court has decided to hold a full hearing on a complaint filed by Arizona Attorney ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arizona: High court needs more info on Tucson gun law

The Arizona Supreme Court needs more information from lawyers before it can decide whether a Tucson law requiring ...

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 ...

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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.