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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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Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

News  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

Gun control groups are fond of describing preemption as a doctrine whereby a state has stripped local governments ...

Virginia: Multiple Gun Control Measures Fail in Senate Courts of Justice Committee: Your Action Still Needed

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Virginia: Multiple Gun Control Measures Fail in Senate Courts of Justice Committee: Your Action Still Needed

On Monday, January 15, most of the overreaching gun control agenda of Governor Ralph Northam and other anti-gun ...

Boston Herald  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Hampshire towns trigger gun fight

A gun rights fight is heating up in the “Live Free or Die” state — where citizens can ...

New Hampshire: Hearings Scheduled in House Committees on Wednesday

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Hampshire: Hearings Scheduled in House Committees on Wednesday

This week, two House committees have scheduled hearings on both pro- and anti-gun bills.

Courier & Press  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Indiana: Seriously, Evansville. Settle the zoo/gun lawsuit.

I’m sure you remember it. In September of that year, an Evansville man named Benjamin Magenheimer sauntered into ...

Pennsylvania: Your Action Needed on Critical Preemption Bills

Monday, December 4, 2017

Pennsylvania: Your Action Needed on Critical Preemption Bills

With December already upon us, there are only a few more days remaining in the 2017 legislative session ...

Arizona Daily Star  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Arizona: Tucson council backs down on gun control, says hands are tied by Legislature

Tucsonans should probably not expect their City Council to pass another restriction on guns or related accessories, such ...

Detroit News  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Michigan: House OKs gun law pre-emption, fine for CPL violation

The Republican-controlled state House passed two new gun measures Wednesday that would stop local governments from adopting ordinances ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Pittsburgh council proposal would ban guns in city parks

Visitors to Pittsburgh’s city-owned parks would have to leave their guns at home under a proposal introduced Tuesday.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pittsburgh councilman moves to ban guns in city parks despite opposition

The Squirrel Hill Democrat said he was unaware that the city had no ordinance prohibiting firearms in city ...

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.