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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


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gianforte, Bullock say Missoula background check ordinance against state law

Despite a contentious election, Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican challenger Greg Gianforte do agree on at least one ...


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Montana: Missoula City Council criminalizes private transfers

The proposed ordinance requiring background checks for private transfers of guns is now law, after Missoula City Council ...

Philadelphia Inquirer  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pa. bill would give NRA, others right to sue over gun laws

The Pennsylvania House once again is considering a bill that would allow gun enthusiasts and organizations such as ...

Desert Sun  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

California: Palm Springs council to take final gun control vote

The Palm Springs City Council will take a final vote on a controversial firearms ordinance Wednesday, finalizing an ...


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Orleans: Mayor Landrieu signs city's new gun control ordinance into law

Under the new ordinance, people will be required to report lost or stolen firearms to police within 48 ...


Monday, September 12, 2016

New Orleans approves law requiring residents to report stolen guns

The New Orleans City Council granted unanimous approval to an ordinance that would punish residents who lose a ...

Roanoke Times  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Virginia: Roanoke council may seek partial gun ban

The Roanoke City Council may ask the General Assembly to add Roanoke to a list of Virginia localities ...

Desert Sun  

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

California: Showdown over gun control vote in Palm Springs

Palm Springs City Council will vote on a controversial gun control ordinance Wednesday, tightening restrictions on gun owners ...

Daily Hampshire Gazette  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Massachusetts: Amherst Select Board considers gun-control effort

The Select Board on Monday again will consider formally joining and endorsing principles outlined by a national gun-control ...

Morning Call  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pennsylvania: Proposed lost/stolen gun law tabled indefinitely by Allentown Council

After only 15 minutes of discussion, a proposed law that would require gun owners to report lost and ...

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