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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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NBC News.com  

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

NRA Backs Suit Over Pittsburgh Gun Laws Passed in Wake of Synagogue Attack

Gun rights groups sued Tuesday to block Pittsburgh from enforcing firearms legislation passed after a mass shooting at ...

The Hill  

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Pittsburgh approves new gun control legislation

The Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday approved new gun control legislation that will place restrictions on the use of ...

Illinois Court Throws Out Deerfield Gun Ban

News  

Friday, March 22, 2019

Illinois Court Throws Out Deerfield Gun Ban

NRA applauds Illinois court ruling throwing out Village of Deerfield's ban on commonly owned firearms and magazines.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pittsburgh Council gears up for gun bill votes

Debate in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers warmed up Wednesday ahead of next week’s expected preliminary votes on amendments ...

KVOA  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Arizona: Tucson City Council to discuss gun dealer policy

A Tucson City Council Member is looking to change the city’s policy on how it does business with ...

Post-Gazette  

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pittsburgh eyeing gun legislation

The burgeoning legislative effort “would challenge the state in what we [the city] can and cannot do regarding ...

Associated Press  

Monday, October 29, 2018

Montana: Missoula judge denies AG Fox's motion to reopen gun lawsuit

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s latest bid to challenge the city of Missoula’s gun regulations has been denied.

Seattle Times  

Monday, October 22, 2018

Washington: Judge dismisses NRA lawsuit over Seattle’s new gun-storage law

They claimed the storage requirements violated Washington state law, which prohibits cities from regulating guns. Seattle leaders have ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Montana: AG asks judge to reconsider Missoula gun ordinance case

Montana's attorney general is asking a state judge to reconsider a ruling that upholds Missoula's right to enforce ...

Missoulian  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Montana: Judge rules in favor of Missoula ordinance that criminalizes private gun transfers

"The state respectfully disagrees with the court's ruling and maintains that Montana law does not allow cities to ...

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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.