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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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West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Preemption Bill

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

West Virginia: Governor Signs Important Preemption Bill

Today, Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law.

Iowa: Range Protection & Preemption Bill to Senate Floor

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Iowa: Range Protection & Preemption Bill to Senate Floor

On March 9th, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee passed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being ...

Mississippi House Approves Legislation to Improve State Firearms Preemption Statute

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mississippi House Approves Legislation to Improve State Firearms Preemption Statute

On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1215 by Rep. Shane Barnett (R-Greene, Perry & Wayne Cos). 

West Virginia: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Sunday, March 8, 2020

West Virginia: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

On Saturday, March 7th, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2020 legislative session. The Legislature ...

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Heading to Governor

Monday, March 2, 2020

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Heading to Governor

On March 2nd, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 81-17 to pass Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption ...

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill On 2nd Reading

Friday, February 28, 2020

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill On 2nd Reading

On February 29th, the West Virginia House of Delegates will be holding second reading on Senate Bill 96 ...

Utah: Multiple Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Today

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Utah: Multiple Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearings Today

Today, the Utah House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on two anti-gun bills, House Bill 115 and House ...

West Virginia: House Passes Carry Permit Fee Reduction

Monday, February 17, 2020

West Virginia: House Passes Carry Permit Fee Reduction

Last week in a bipartisan 30-2 vote, the West Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s ...

West Virginia: Senate Passes Important Preemption Bill

Monday, February 10, 2020

West Virginia: Senate Passes Important Preemption Bill

On February 10th, the West Virginia Senate voted 30-2 to pass Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law. ...

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Moves to Senate Floor

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

West Virginia: Important Preemption Bill Moves to Senate Floor

On February 4th, the West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-1 to advance Senate Bill 96 to strengthen ...

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