State Preemption Of Local Restrictions Across the Nation

  • State Preemption Of Local Restrictions
  • No State Preemption Of Local Restrictions
  • Partial State Preemption Of Local Restrictions

This law restricts any political subdivision of the state's ability to create firearm restrictions of their own. Most states have total preemption which means townships, counties, municipalities, etc. Can not create their own gun restrictions. Some states allow these areas to have preemption on certain things, such as the discharge of firearms. They may also be technically allowed to create firearm laws, but they must be identical in both restriction and penalty to the states law. Certain states have grandfathered in laws that were already in place before the state was preempted.

State Long-guns Handguns
Alabama Yes Yes
Alaska Yes Yes
Arizona Yes Yes
Arkansas Yes Yes
California Yes Yes
Colorado Yes Yes
Connecticut Partial Partial
Delaware Yes Yes
District of Columbia Yes Yes
Florida Yes Yes
Georgia Yes Yes
Hawaii Yes Yes
Idaho Yes Yes
Illinois Partial Partial
Indiana Yes Yes
Iowa Yes Yes
Kansas Yes Yes
Kentucky Yes Yes
Louisiana Yes Yes
Maine Yes Yes
Maryland Yes Yes
Massachusetts No No
Michigan Yes Yes
Minnesota Yes Yes
Mississippi Yes Yes
Missouri Yes Yes
Montana Yes Yes
Nebraska Yes Yes
Nevada Yes Yes
New Hampshire Yes Yes
New Jersey No No
New Mexico Yes* Yes*
New York No No
North Carolina Yes Yes
North Dakota Yes Yes
Ohio Yes Yes
Oklahoma Yes Yes
Oregon Yes Yes
Pennsylvania Yes Yes
Rhode Island Yes Yes
South Carolina Yes Yes
South Dakota Yes Yes
Tennessee Yes Yes
Texas Yes Yes
Utah Yes Yes
Vermont Yes Yes
Virginia Yes Yes
Washington Yes Yes
West Virginia Yes Yes
Wisconsin Yes Yes
Wyoming Yes Yes

*Under certain conditions, see the law page for details.

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