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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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Iowa: Enhanced Preemption Legislation to be Heard in in Committee

Monday, January 29, 2024

Iowa: Enhanced Preemption Legislation to be Heard in in Committee

Tomorrow, January 30th, House File 518, legislation that provides a much-needed enforcement mechanism to Iowa’s existing firearm preemption ...

Nebraska: Omaha Mayor Signs Bump Stock Ban in City Limits

Monday, November 20, 2023

Nebraska: Omaha Mayor Signs Bump Stock Ban in City Limits

On Thursday, November 16th, Mayor Jean Stothert signed a city ordinance prohibiting the possession of “bump stocks” and ...

Nebraska: Omaha City Council Continues Anti-Gun Efforts in Wake of Statewide Preemption

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Nebraska: Omaha City Council Continues Anti-Gun Efforts in Wake of Statewide Preemption

On Tuesday, October 31st, the Omaha City Council passed new resolutions to ban the possession of unfinished firearm ...

Nebraska: Lincoln Mayor Doubles Down on So-Called “Gun-Free Zones” With Executive Order

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Nebraska: Lincoln Mayor Doubles Down on So-Called “Gun-Free Zones” With Executive Order

On Friday, September 1st, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird signed an executive order banning the possession of firearms on ...

Nebraska: Omaha Mayor Signs Anti-Gun Executive Order Ahead of Constitutional Carry

Friday, September 1, 2023

Nebraska: Omaha Mayor Signs Anti-Gun Executive Order Ahead of Constitutional Carry

On Wednesday, August 30th, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert signed an executive order banning all firearms on city property, ...

Saturday is Constitutional Carry Day in Nebraska!

Friday, September 1, 2023

Saturday is Constitutional Carry Day in Nebraska!

On Saturday, September 2nd, constitutional carry and statewide preemption laws will take effect in Nebraska.

Three NRA-Backed Bills Take Effect on September 1 in Texas

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Three NRA-Backed Bills Take Effect on September 1 in Texas

The Texas Legislature passed three NRA-supported measures during the 2023 Regular Session and Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed ...

Indianapolis City Council Attempts to Enact Gun Control

Friday, June 16, 2023

Indianapolis City Council Attempts to Enact Gun Control

In a blatant attempt to violate preemption, the Indianapolis City Council has advanced an “unenforceable” gun control package.

Governor Abbott Signs Key Pro-Second Amendment Bills into Law!

Monday, June 12, 2023

Governor Abbott Signs Key Pro-Second Amendment Bills into Law!

Over the weekend, Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed important legislation protecting the privacy rights of lawful firearms purchasers ...

Texas Legislature Ends Regular Session After Passing a Trio of Pro-Second Amendment Bills & Rejecting Gun Control Measures

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Texas Legislature Ends Regular Session After Passing a Trio of Pro-Second Amendment Bills & Rejecting Gun Control Measures

The Texas Legislature adjourned from the 2023 Regular Session on Memorial Day and was immediately called back into special session on ...

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