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CityLab Daily: Gun Control Is a Preemption Story

August 8, 2019

CityLab,

August 7, 2019-

Dropping in: President Trump is visiting Dayton and El Paso today after the mass shootings in those cities. As with so many things related to this administration, these presidential appearances in sites of tragedy are unusually fraught. Trump’s arrival in the Ohio city on Wednesday met resistance from many residents and local leaders, with Mayor Nan Whaley encouraging protests of the president’s visit. “I think people should stand up and say they’re not happy if they’re not happy he’s coming,” she said Tuesday (WaPo).

Before heading to Dayton, Trump told reporters there is “no political appetite” for a ban on assault weapons. Instead, Republicans in Congress have offered to pass “red flag” laws to restrict gun access for people deemed a threat to themselves or others (Pacific Standard). At the local level, efforts to stiffen gun regulations have often run up against all kinds of barriers. In Ohio, state regulators have nullified local gun control ordinances in court, and for about 12 years the state has had a preemption law barring such restrictions (Cleveland).

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