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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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Vermont Supreme Court Upholds State Range Protection Law


Friday, June 9, 2017

Vermont Supreme Court Upholds State Range Protection Law

On June 2nd, the Vermont Supreme Court issued its decision in North Country Sportsman's Club v. Town of ...

Tucson News Now  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Arizona 'shoots down' Tucson's gun ordinance

The Arizona State Legislature has again taken aim at Tucson's gun laws with the passage of SB 1122.It ...

Omaha World-Herald  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nebraska: Gun bill pulled from legislative agenda; will return in 2018

A major gun-rights bill won’t return for more debate this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the sponsoring ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Preemption bill likely dead for year in Nebraska

A bill that would have barred Nebraska towns and cities from enacting stricter limits on guns than state ...

Times Free Press  

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Times Free Press

Legislation making it easier for gun-rights groups and others to challenge "gun-free zones" on locally owned government property ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Arizona: Ducey OKs background check preemption legislation

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation that block state and local governments from requiring background checks on private ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pennsylvania: House OKs Bill to Aid Challenges to Local Gun Ordinances

The Pennsylvania state House wants to enable gun owners and groups such as the National Rifle Association to ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pennsylvania Senate Again Takes Aim at Local Firearm Laws

The Pennsylvania Senate is reviving legislation that's designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arizona legislature OKs private transfer preemption legislation

The Arizona Legislature passed a bill Monday that would block state and local governments from requiring background checks ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arizona House advances private transfer preemption bill

The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would bar state and local governments from ...

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