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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

New york Times  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Is Convicted on All Counts

She was a rising Democratic star. She was the first in her party to be elected state attorney ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ohio proposal attacks firearms preemption

An Ohio legislative proposal announced Wednesday seeks to give cities the ability to restrict the state laws allowing ...

Post and Courier  

Monday, July 18, 2016

South Carolina: Charleston County Council wants to ban type of weapons

At Vice Councilman Rawl’s suggestion, Darby changed the language of his resolution from “assault-style weapons” to “semi-automatic high-capacity ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Despite ruling, Pennsylvania towns might go slow on gun laws

Under threat of costly litigation, dozens of Pennsylvania municipalities repealed their gun ordinances last year in response to ...

Pennsylvania Politicians Announce Their Intent to Violate the Commonwealth’s Preemption Statute


Friday, July 1, 2016

Pennsylvania Politicians Announce Their Intent to Violate the Commonwealth’s Preemption Statute

In response to a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, several local Pennsylvania politicians announced their intent to enact ...

Morning Call  

Monday, June 27, 2016

Pennsylvania: Allentown moves to reinstate gun restrictions after state Supreme Court ruling

If you're a gun owner living in Allentown, you may once again be required to report a lost ...

Associated Press  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pennsylvania law aiding NRA lawsuits nixed by high court

A Pennsylvania law designed to make it easier for organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge cities' ...

Philadelphia Inquirer  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Philadelphia: Gun control bill advances in City Council

The legislation, introduced by Council President Darrell L. Clarke in April, would require all firearms in homes with ...


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New York: Nassau pols want guns stored in vaults

Nassau gun owners would have to store their firearms in locked vaults or use other accessories to secure ...

The Republican  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Massachusetts: Longmeadow residents defeat controversial gun control initiatives in Town Meeting

Longmeadow residents defeated three proposals for increased gun control bylaws with overwhelming majorities in a Town Meeting that ...

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