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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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Washington Post  

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Florida officials who flout state law can be fined, kicked out of office

Florida law prohibits local municipalities from passing ordinances that regulate firearms or ammunition, and if one is passed ...

Rhode Island: 19 Gun Bills to be Heard in House Judiciary Committee Tuesday

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Rhode Island: 19 Gun Bills to be Heard in House Judiciary Committee Tuesday

A marathon gun bill hearing is on tap for next Tuesday night in Providence, and NRA and local ...

Illinois: Bill attacking firearms preemption passes Senate committee

State Journal-Register  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Illinois: Bill attacking firearms preemption passes Senate committee

Senate Bill 2314 would eliminate the pre-emption put in place following the passage of the state’s concealed carry ...

Cleveland.com  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ohio legislators look to clamp down harder on communities that try to pass local gun restrictions

Ohio lawmakers blocked cities and villages from enacting their own gun laws 12 years ago, but now they ...

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Illinois: Committee Passes Bill to Allow Local Infringement of Second Amendment

The Illinois state Senate could vote on legislation to allow localities to infringe upon Second Amendment rights as ...

Illinois: Committees to Hear Gun Control

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Illinois: Committees to Hear Gun Control

Today, the Illinois state House Judiciary-Criminal Committee will be considering a floor amendment that was added to House Bill 1470 ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Florida: St. Petersburg, Tallahassee Join Suit Over Local Gun Laws

St. Petersburg and Tallahassee will join 10 other Florida cities in a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott over ...

Tallahassee Democrat  

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Florida: Gun law likely to trigger lawsuit

Marion Hammer, the NRA’s lead lobbyist in Florida, told Commissioner Bryan Desloge in a Sunday email that all ...

Ohio: Committees to Hear Self-Defense Bills

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ohio: Committees to Hear Self-Defense Bills

On April 10th, the Ohio state Senate Judiciary Committee and the state House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee will be holding the ...

WGN  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Illinois: NRA joins fight against Deerfield’s gun ban

The gun rights group, Guns Save Life, is filing a lawsuit, and they’re getting support from the National ...

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