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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

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 ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Arizona: Tucson to Pay State $100,000 After Gun Destruction Case Loss

The city of Tucson has agreed to pay the Arizona attorney general's office $100,000 to cover the state's ...

Arizona Daily Star  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Arizona: Tucson ends policy on destroying guns

In the end, only one number really mattered when it came to Tucson stopping its policy of destroying ...

Los Angeles Times  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

L.A. is poised to roll back its ban on 'ultracompact' guns

For more than a decade and a half, Los Angeles has banned the sale of “ultracompact” guns, which ...

The Republic  

Friday, August 18, 2017

Arizona: Tucson can't destroy confiscated guns, Arizona Supreme Court rules

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that Tucson does not have the right to ignore state law when ...

Associated Press  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Seattle's unusual $25 gun tax upheld in state court

The tax, which took effect in 2016, adds $25 to the price of each firearm sold in the ...

Havasu News  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Arizona: New state laws take effect Wednesday

It wouldn’t be a legislative session if lawmakers did not enact some measure under the banner of protecting ...

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