Mayors are ready to pass gun control laws, but we can’t do it unless the NRA and state legislatures get out of our way. We need to end gun preemption.
This op-ed by 11 Mayors of major cities in the United States appeared in USA TODAY, March 23rd, 2018.
Atop that list should be smart, common-sense local firearms laws that keep guns out of the wrong hands, keep guns out of public spaces, and keep the threat of gun violence and mass shootings at bay.
But we can’t — because our states have banned us from enacting local gun laws.
Forty-three states have some form of gun preemption, a tactic increasingly used by state legislators to prevent cities and counties from making local laws and decisions. States are interfering in local efforts to raise wages, pass paid sick time and non-discrimination ordinances, and adopt fracking and environmental regulations. Lawmakers are using preemption to overturn elections, perpetuate racial and economic inequality, and silence local voices.