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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.

Issue Articles


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pennsylvania: Rules on reporting stolen guns could soon cost cities some money

State lawmakers are poised to advance a bill that could financially punish cities that require the timely reporting ...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Bill Scheduled to be Heard this Monday

The state House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on a critical firearm bill on Monday, February 6. ...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Vote Expected Tuesday on Two Pro-Gun Bills in Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee

On Tuesday, January 24, the state House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on two very important firearm ...


Friday, January 13, 2012

Florida: Miami Beach repeals gun control laws

Miami Beach commissioners repealed the city's laws restricting the sale, discharge and possession of firearms on Wednesday to ...


Monday, September 5, 2011

California: Final Week of the 2011 Legislative Session

The 2011 California legislative session will adjourn this Friday, and your calls and e-mails are needed now more ...


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More Pressure Needed Opposing Anti-Gun Legislation in Sacramento

The California Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees are scheduled to hear several anti-gun bills this Thursday, August 25. ...


Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 Florida Legislative Session Ends with Three Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law

On May 7, the 2011 Florida legislative session adjourned. Governor Rick Scott signed three important pro-gun bills into ...


Friday, June 17, 2011

Georgia: Jackson County Commissioners to Hear Proposed Firearm Discharge Ban this Monday, June 20

This Monday, June 20, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a ...


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Massachusetts Committee to Hear Second Amendment Bills

Tomorrow, May 12, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hear eighteen firearm-related bills in ...


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Maine: Work Session Scheduled on Gun-Related Bills this Friday, April 15

The Joint Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has scheduled a firearm legislation Work Session this Friday, April ...

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