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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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Mississippi Legislature Adjourns from Session Interrupted by COVID-19

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mississippi Legislature Adjourns from Session Interrupted by COVID-19

COVID-19's disruption of the legislative session, which ended last week, stalled efforts to pass NRA-backed House Bill 1215 by Rep. Shane ...

Virginia: Anti-Gun Laws Take Effect Tomorrow, July 1

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Virginia: Anti-Gun Laws Take Effect Tomorrow, July 1

Tomorrow, July 1st, the anti-gun bills passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Ralph ...

Iowa: Gov. Reynolds Signs Pro-Gun & Pro-Hunting Bills

Friday, June 26, 2020

Iowa: Gov. Reynolds Signs Pro-Gun & Pro-Hunting Bills

Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being shut down by unreasonable ...

Louisiana: Governor Signs Package of Pro-Gun NRA-Backed Bills

Monday, June 15, 2020

Louisiana: Governor Signs Package of Pro-Gun NRA-Backed Bills

Over the weekend, Governor John Bel Edwards showed his strong support of the second amendment by signing the ...

Louisiana: Urge Governor Edwards to Sign Pro-Gun Measures before Weekend Deadline

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Louisiana: Urge Governor Edwards to Sign Pro-Gun Measures before Weekend Deadline

A weekend deadline is fast approaching for four pro-gun bills sitting on Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk.

Iowa: Senate Passes Range Protection & Preemption Bill

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Iowa: Senate Passes Range Protection & Preemption Bill

Yesterday, on the first day of the Iowa Legislature reconvening, the Iowa Senate voted 32-17 to pass House File 2502. ...

Louisiana: Package of Pro-Gun Bills Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Louisiana: Package of Pro-Gun Bills Heads to the Governor’s Desk

Four pro-gun bills have been passed by the Louisiana Legislature and will now be sent to the desk ...

Louisiana: Important Second Amendment Legislation up for Vote in Both Chambers Today!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Louisiana: Important Second Amendment Legislation up for Vote in Both Chambers Today!

Law-abiding gun owners are on the cusp of having a single, statewide standard on firearms ordinances across Louisiana. 

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Multiple Pro-Gun Bills

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Louisiana: Senate Committee Passes Multiple Pro-Gun Bills

Today, the Senate Judiciary C Committee passed four pro-gun bills, which will now head to the full Senate for ...

Iowa: Legislature to Reconvene, Range Protection & Preemption Bill Still In Senate

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Iowa: Legislature to Reconvene, Range Protection & Preemption Bill Still In Senate

On June 3rd, the Iowa Legislature is scheduled to reconvene. Before the COVID-19 crisis forced the suspension of ...

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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.