October 1, 2021

Extreme Preemption Stops Local Progress All but seven US states already preempt local authority over firearms and ammunition, so the pro-gun lobby has shifted to promoting ever more extreme forms of preemption. Also known as “super” (or “punitive”) preemption, the new wave of preemption typically imposes severe penalties on local officials …

August 22, 2021

As state legislatures adjourn for the summer or the session, pressure from special interests builds to preempt local democracy, especially in the cases of firearms and Covid-19. All but seven US states already preempt local authority over firearms and ammunition, so the gun lobby has shifted to promoting ever more …

August 14, 2021

Resources & Research Study examines ‘red flag’ gun laws and state efforts to block local legislation New York University, 6/24/2021   Firearm Extreme Risk Protection Order Laws and Preemption: New Developments and Outstanding Issues, 50 States Jennifer Pomeranz & Gilberto Ochoa, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2021) National Pandemic Backlash Leaves …

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 …