Gun Violence Prevention
Our nation is in the midst of a gun violence epidemic and, sadly, nowhere is this more evident than in Chicago. The tragedy of gun violence in America is compounded by another tragedy in Washington, DC: congressional inaction. That is why I have refused to standby idly while thousands of Americans die each year due because of these deadly weapons.
Since coming to Congress, I have been proud to cosponsor 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; implementing buyback programs; and requiring tougher penalties for criminals caught trafficking guns across state lines. I have also used my position as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to secure additional funding to help local police departments to implement new strategies to curb violence and fought to remove the incomprehensible ban placed on the Center for Disease Control so they can begin the critical work of researching gun violence.
Rep. Quigley proudly has an F rating from the NRA because of his ongoing efforts to strengthen gun violence prevention laws and keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people.
I have also supported important legislation in the House, like the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, H.R. 8, which would require unlicensed gun sellers to use the same verification system by requiring them to sell their guns through licensed dealers only. This bill defines exceptions for individuals to loan a gun for hunting, to use a gun in self-defense, and to give a gun as a gift to family members. Additionally, I voted in favor of the Enhanced Background Checks Act, H.R. 1112, which addresses the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” that currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days. This bill gives the FBI additional time to complete these background check investigations before the firearm can be transferred.
Rep. Quigley has been a leader in the effort to overturn the ban on federal agencies, like the CDC, from conducting research on gun violence.
No perfect solution exists to end all gun violence, but we know from looking at 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.
More on Gun Violence Prevention
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Madeleine Dean (PA-04), and Greg Steube (FL-17) introduced legislation to require the FBI to establish a program to collect data on law enforcement and former law enforcement suicides and attempted suicides. Currently, the FBI tracks line-of-duty deaths through the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted program, but there is no comprehensive government effort to track suicides or attempted suicides by law enforcement.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced legislation to require the Attorney General to conduct a study on the possible connection between domestic violence and mass shootings incidents of gun violence. Independent data has suggested that domestic violence is frequently a predictor of future violent behavior, including gun violence. Quigley’s legislation would mandate a federal, public study exploring if domestic violence is a reliable indicator for mass shootings. Following the completion of the study, the Attorney General would provide a report to Congress.
The House Committee on Appropriations this week approved the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill, which includes several initiatives championed by Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05). As part of this legislation, the Committee approved funding requested by Quigley for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, gun violence research, and Title X Family Planning.