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
Background and arguments
Begin by reading our overview that explains the history and current status of these state preemption laws. Then review the untruths often voiced by preemption bill backers.
- Overview: A Primer on State Preemption Laws That Bar Local Governments from Enacting Breed-Specific Ordinances
- "Pit Bulls Can't Be Identified" is a Dated False Myth. High Courts Have Ruled That a Dog Owner of "Ordinary Intelligence" Can Identify a Pit Bull
- Untruths to Expect by Preemption Bill Backers - Actual Testimony Annotated by DogsBite.org
- Ongoing Deceptions by Lobby Group Pushing Preemption Bills About Early Preemption States (1988 to 1997)
- Our BSL FAQ Contains More Untruths Often Voiced by Preemption Bill Backers (See: Constitutionality and the Sham BSL Calculator)
Download support materials to use in communications with state legislators. The 5-year trend showing that legislators are largely rejecting these bills is a great start.
- 5-Year Trend: State Legislators Largely Reject State Preemption Bills that Prohibit Local Governments from Adopting Pit Bull Laws
- Special Report: Level 1 Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies in All U.S. Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence
- Download Table: Retrospective Level 1 Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies (2009 to 2016)
- 2015 Dog Bite Fatality Statistics - DogsBite.org
- 11-Year U.S. Dog Bite Fatality Chart (2005 to 2015)
- U.S. Fatal Pit Bull Attacks - The Archival Record (1833 to Present)
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.
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.