State preemption laws ::

State preemption laws prohibit local governments from enacting breed-specific ordinances to protect their citizens. Below are materials for advocates working to stop future preemption bills.

Background and support materials

Legislative highlights

Read the 2016 legislative highlights and 2015 legislative highlights that detail the legislative process and how grassroots health and safety advocates and municipal associations are working to stop state preemption bills that prohibit local governments from enacting breed-specific laws.

Charts and graphs

35-Years of U.S. Fatal Pit Bull Attacks in 5-Year Periods (1980 to 2014)

This 35-year chart portrays and contrasts 5-year periods of U.S. fatal pit bull attacks since 1980. Deaths inflicted by pit bulls have increased by 560% since the 5-year period of 1995 to 1999.

CDC and state preemption laws prohibiting pit bull laws

States that Protect Local Control vs. States with Preemption Laws (1998-2016)

This U.S. map shows states that protect local control, allowing local breed-specific ordinances, and states with preemption laws. Please see a state-by-state breakdown of this map.

breed-specific, states with preemption, mixed preemption, home rule, no preemption