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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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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 ...

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 ...

Chicago Tribune  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Illinois: Deerfield bans commonly-owned semi-autos and standard-capacity magazines

Unlike Highland Park, Deerfield opted not to enact a total ban on assault weapons during a 10-day window ...

Preemption Protects Gun Owners

News  

Friday, March 30, 2018

Preemption Protects Gun Owners

Anti-gun activists are acutely aware that preemption laws are all that stand in the way of their agenda ...

Cleveland Loses Firearm Preemption Case, Leaves Taxpayers to Foot the Bill

News  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cleveland Loses Firearm Preemption Case, Leaves Taxpayers to Foot the Bill

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to hear an appeal by the City of Cleveland to an intermediate ...

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

News  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Crossing the Line – Firearm Preemption Protection Under Attack

Gun control groups are fond of describing preemption as a doctrine whereby a state has stripped local governments ...

Boston Herald  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Hampshire towns trigger gun fight

A gun rights fight is heating up in the “Live Free or Die” state — where citizens can ...

Courier & Press  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Indiana: Seriously, Evansville. Settle the zoo/gun lawsuit.

I’m sure you remember it. In September of that year, an Evansville man named Benjamin Magenheimer sauntered into ...

Arizona Daily Star  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Arizona: Tucson council backs down on gun control, says hands are tied by Legislature

Tucsonans should probably not expect their City Council to pass another restriction on guns or related accessories, such ...

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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.