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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.

Issue Articles

Associated Press  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Arizona legislature OKs private transfer preemption legislation

The Arizona Legislature passed a bill Monday that would block state and local governments from requiring background checks ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arizona House advances private transfer preemption bill

The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill that would bar state and local governments from ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Gun pre-emption bill wins first-round approval in Nebraska

A bill that would overturn most local gun ordinances that are more stringent than Nebraska state law cleared ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gun Pre-Emption Bill Sparks Debate Among Nebraska Lawmakers

A bill that would bar local governments from passing gun restrictions that are stricter than state law drew ...

Des Moines Register  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Broad changes proposed to Iowa gun laws

Iowa firearms advocates have spent years making incremental progress toward what they say is necessary reform of the ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Arizona high court sets hearing in Tucson gun case

The Arizona Supreme Court has decided to hold a full hearing on a complaint filed by Arizona Attorney ...

Associated Press  

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Arizona: High court needs more info on Tucson gun law

The Arizona Supreme Court needs more information from lawyers before it can decide whether a Tucson law requiring ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Montana: State attorney general to rule on Missoula’s new gun rules

Montana’s attorney general will issue a legal opinion on a Missoula ordinance requiring background checks for private gun ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Showdown over local gun laws looms in Pennsylvania

State lawmakers on Monday moved closer to an election season showdown with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over a ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Arizona: Lawmaker says Tucson destroying guns instead of selling

A southern Arizona lawmaker wants Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to determine if Tucson is breaking state law ...

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