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For example, I use Ctrl-L to mark the URL field. On some sites, this is overridden to do something else. How do I make this never happen?

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Turn off JavaScript, unfortunately. – derobert Sep 27 '12 at 19:54
You may be able to do this with GreaseMonkey. – bahamat Sep 27 '12 at 19:58

See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Ui.key.contentAccess

You can go to about:config, search for ui.key.contentAccess, and set it to 0, or for instance 12 (4+8) to only allow Meta and Alt.

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What should happen if I set it to 0? I just did, and it didn't seem to change anything. – Emanuel Berg Sep 27 '12 at 21:33

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