June 28, 2021

Guns & Ammo (and Democracy) While preemption is not a simple concept, it is nonetheless an existential threat to progress across public health and social justice issues. Together, the hundreds of preemption bills introduced or adopted in 2020 and 2021 pose a grave threat to democracy at the local, state, and national …

April 9, 2021

FEATURED: FIREARMS & VOTING RIGHTS There is currently intense pressure behind preemption efforts as many state legislative sessions wind down. While there is some positive movement on the preemption repeal front, the vast majority of these stories concern state preemption threats. In this issue, we highlight two of the hottest …

January 4, 2021

VIDEO: Webinar, November 18, 2020 Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund & Oregon Community Rights Network Lindsey Schromen Wawrin (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) Mark Pertschuk (Grassroots Change & the Preemption Watch project) Tim Gibbons (Missouri Rural Crisis Center)  

September 6, 2020

In the 1970s and 80s, the gun lobby faced the threat of an effective national movement to prevent gun violence. To stop that grassroots movement, the NRA borrowed a page from the tobacco industry’s playbook and promoted state preemption of local gun laws. They succeeded in 43 states, but in the handful of states that …