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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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Vermont Supreme Court Upholds State Range Protection Law

News  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Vermont Supreme Court Upholds State Range Protection Law

On June 2nd, the Vermont Supreme Court issued its decision in North Country Sportsman's Club v. Town of ...

Tennessee: Governor Signs Multiple Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tennessee: Governor Signs Multiple Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Today, Governor Haslam signed two important pieces of NRA-backed, pro-gun legislation into law. 

Tucson News Now  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Arizona 'shoots down' Tucson's gun ordinance

The Arizona State Legislature has again taken aim at Tucson's gun laws with the passage of SB 1122.It ...

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Now Await Governor’s Signature

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tennessee: Pro-Gun Bills Now Await Governor’s Signature

Today, multiple pro-gun bills were sent to the desk of Governor Bill Haslam for his signature.

Omaha World-Herald  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nebraska: Gun bill pulled from legislative agenda; will return in 2018

A major gun-rights bill won’t return for more debate this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the sponsoring ...

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 ...

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.