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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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Post-Gazette  

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pittsburgh eyeing gun legislation

The burgeoning legislative effort “would challenge the state in what we [the city] can and cannot do regarding ...

Associated Press  

Monday, October 29, 2018

Montana: Missoula judge denies AG Fox's motion to reopen gun lawsuit

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s latest bid to challenge the city of Missoula’s gun regulations has been denied.

Seattle Times  

Monday, October 22, 2018

Washington: Judge dismisses NRA lawsuit over Seattle’s new gun-storage law

They claimed the storage requirements violated Washington state law, which prohibits cities from regulating guns. Seattle leaders have ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Montana: AG asks judge to reconsider Missoula gun ordinance case

Montana's attorney general is asking a state judge to reconsider a ruling that upholds Missoula's right to enforce ...

Missoulian  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Montana: Judge rules in favor of Missoula ordinance that criminalizes private gun transfers

"The state respectfully disagrees with the court's ruling and maintains that Montana law does not allow cities to ...

KSAT  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Texas: Proposed regulations on gun stores have some San Antonio City Council members divided

A public safety initiative aimed at reducing gun violence has City Council members divided.

Washington: NRA and SAF File Lawsuit Against City of Seattle

Friday, July 20, 2018

Washington: NRA and SAF File Lawsuit Against City of Seattle

On Friday, July 20th, the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, ...

Columbus Dispatch  

Monday, July 2, 2018

Ohio: Group tied to Bloomberg helping city fight gun regulations lawsuit

A national group that supports more gun regulation is backing Columbus as it fights a lawsuit from gun-rights ...

San Antonio Express  

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Texas: San Antonio City Council members seek ways to enact gun control

The City Council’s Public Safety committee waded into the gun debate Tuesday, discussing possible ordinances and regulations the ...

Columbus Dispatch  

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Ohio: Court order temporarily blocks Columbus’ gun ordinances

Columbus must halt enforcement of its bump-stock ban and an ordinance that made carrying a gun while under ...

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