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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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Pennsylvania Court Knocks Out Pittsburgh Gun Control in NRA-Backed Case

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pennsylvania Court Knocks Out Pittsburgh Gun Control in NRA-Backed Case

In an NRA-backed challenge, the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas found that Pittsburgh's attempt to impose local gun control measures ...

NRA & Gun Owners Win. Bloomberg / Everytown Lose.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

NRA & Gun Owners Win. Bloomberg / Everytown Lose.

The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded a decision by the Montana state Supreme Court protecting the ...

Miami Herald/AP  

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Missouri Gov. Parson: No special session for gun violence

Gov. Mike Parson says he will not call a special legislative session to address gun violence in St. ...

Monday, July 29, 2019

Florida Alert: Court Rules Public Officials Can't Be Punished for Violating the Law

A Leon County Circuit Court judge has just given rogue, anti-gun public officials a "get-out-of-jail-free card."  This court has ...

Louisiana: "Red Flag" Legislation Scheduled for Hearing Next Week

Friday, May 17, 2019

Louisiana: "Red Flag" Legislation Scheduled for Hearing Next Week

On Tuesday, May 21, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to consider gun control legislation (HB ...

Louisiana: House Committee Passes Two Pro-Gun Bills

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Louisiana: House Committee Passes Two Pro-Gun Bills

Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee passed pro-gun measures, House Bill 281 and House Bill 235.

Pennsylvania: Senate Committee Passes Enhanced Preemption Legislation

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pennsylvania: Senate Committee Passes Enhanced Preemption Legislation

Yesterday, the Senate Local Government Committee passed enhanced preemption legislation, Senate Bill 531 by a 7 to 4 ...

Louisiana: Your Action Needed: House Committee to Consider Multiple Gun Bills on Wednesday

Monday, April 29, 2019

Louisiana: Your Action Needed: House Committee to Consider Multiple Gun Bills on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the following bills will be heard in the House Administration of Criminal Justice committee.

Texas: House Will Vote on Two More NRA-Backed Bills Monday!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Texas: House Will Vote on Two More NRA-Backed Bills Monday!

On Monday, April 29, the Texas House of Representatives will consider two NRA-supported measures: HB 3231 by Rep. Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches) ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

Friday, April 12, 2019

DA Says Not Yet to Private Criminal Complaints Against Gun-Controlling City Officials

While some Pittsburgh residents are ready to file private criminal complaints over the city's recently passed gun-control laws, ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.