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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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Virginia: Richmond Considering Expanding Gun Ban Tomorrow

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Virginia: Richmond Considering Expanding Gun Ban Tomorrow

On Thursday, August 20th, the Richmond City Council will consider banning firearms in certain public locations. 

Virginia: Pro-2A Legislation in Special Session

Monday, August 17, 2020

Virginia: Pro-2A Legislation in Special Session

Ahead of the August 18th start date for the Virginia special session, Delegate Glenn Davis (R-84) has introduced two ...

Albuquerque Resolution Calls for Re-Writing the New Mexico Constitution, Ripping Out the State Firearms Preemption Clause

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Albuquerque Resolution Calls for Re-Writing the New Mexico Constitution, Ripping Out the State Firearms Preemption Clause

During the 2019 session of the New Mexico Legislature, anti-gun Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state lawmakers who were ...

Virginia: Falls Church Considering Gun Ban Tonight

Monday, July 27, 2020

Virginia: Falls Church Considering Gun Ban Tonight

Today, at 7:30PM, the Falls Church City Council will consider banning firearms in certain public locations.

Virginia: Arlington Considering Gun Ban Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Virginia: Arlington Considering Gun Ban Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Arlington County Board will consider banning firearms in certain public locations. 

Virginia: Newport News Considering Gun Ban Tomorrow

Monday, July 13, 2020

Virginia: Newport News Considering Gun Ban Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Newport News City Council will consider banning firearms in certain public locations. Second Amendment supporters are encouraged ...

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 ...

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