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.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Yesterday, four pro-gun measures were passed out of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee.
Friday, May 8, 2020
Next Wednesday at 1:00pm, the House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to hear four pro-gun bills that will ...
Friday, May 1, 2020
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba held a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce that his unconstitutional and unlawful ...
Monday, April 27, 2020
On Friday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued an executive order suspending "the carrying of an unconcealed loaded or ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Today, Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption law.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
On March 9th, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee passed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being ...
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
On Tuesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1215 by Rep. Shane Barnett (R-Greene, Perry & Wayne Cos).
Sunday, March 8, 2020
On Saturday, March 7th, the West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2020 legislative session. The Legislature ...
Monday, March 2, 2020
On March 2nd, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 81-17 to pass Senate Bill 96 to strengthen West Virginia’s preemption ...
Friday, February 28, 2020
On February 29th, the West Virginia House of Delegates will be holding second reading on Senate Bill 96 ...