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 …

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 …

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 …