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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Gun Violence Prevention

Our nation is enduring a gun violence epidemic, and nowhere is this more evident than in Chicago. Sadly, the tragedy of gun violence in America is compounded by another tragedy in Congress: the tragedy of inaction. That’s why I refuse to standby idly while thousands of Americans die each year due to gun violence.  

Ending gun violence in America will require changes in our culture and revisions in our gun laws.  I’m doing my part by supporting legislation requiring mandatory background checks on 100 percent of gun sales; limiting the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; improving the National Instant Background Check System to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill; and requiring tougher penalties for criminals caught trafficking guns across state lines into Illinois.

No perfect solution exists to end all gun violence, but we know from the experiences of other countries that a combination of small but practical policy solutions can severely reduce it. By enacting commonsense, reasonable gun legislation, Congress can make a difference. But unless the status quo in Congress changes, we will continue to lose countless American lives to gun violence.

   

       Rep. Mike Quigley urged House members to support closing the “terror gap” loophole, which would prohibit the sale of firearms to suspected terrorists.

Rep. Mike Quigley joined a Doctors for America rally to end the ban on CDC gun violence research.

Rep. Quigley stood with Everytown for Gun Violence and fathers who have lost a child to gun violence in support of policies that aim to end these tragedies. 

                       

 

 

More on Gun Violence Prevention

Feb 14, 2017 Speeches

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House Floor about President Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that undocumented immigrants are to be blamed for gun violence in Chicago.

Below is a video and transcript of the speech.

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Oct 5, 2016 In the News

The follwing article was published on October 3, 2016. A link to the article can be found here.

By Christina Marcos

House Democrats are calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to update a report it last published nearly two decades ago about gun violence to help inform public policy on the issue.

Oct 3, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Mike Thompson (CA-5), members of the Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce, sent a letter along with 46 of their Democratic colleagues to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) urging for the publication of an updated “Following the Gun” report, which examines where criminals obtain their firearms, in light of recent tragedies involving gun violence.
Sep 8, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House floor about his experience attending a gun show in Crown Point, Indiana.
Jul 13, 2016 Editorials
"Gun to the right. No gun to the left" was the greeting heard by attendees entering the cavernous hall in Crown Point, Ind., that hosted the Central Indiana Gun and Knife Show. The Industrial Arts Building on the Lake County Fairgrounds has played host to garden shows and home improvement and craft vendors. But on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, the rambling, 90-year-old brick building played host to products that were of an altogether different nature.

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