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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.

President Trump has attacked our city's "carnage," threatening to "send in the Feds" as a means to address gun violence. Not only is this type of language reckless and misguided, it is also a gross overreach of federal power. Gun violence, both in Chicago and across this country, is a national tragedy that requires immediate, substantial, and bipartisan action – not inappropriate threats. 

   

       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 wrote and op-ed in Crain's Chicago Business about Trump's misled threats to Chicago because of gun violence numbers. 

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

Jan 6, 2010 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) joined 53 other members of Congress in filing a "friend of the court" brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the Court to allow Chicago's handgun ban to stand, and supporting the right of state and local governments to maintain sensible restrictions on gun possession and use.
Dec 21, 2009 Editorials
For nearly three decades, Chicago lawmakers have been working to keep Chicagoans safe by keeping guns off our streets and out of dangerous hands
Oct 20, 2009 Speeches
"The last thing our city needs is more guns." "
Oct 2, 2009 Editorials
As the City of Chicago digests the news of today’s Olympics decision, we must not overlook the news that came out of Washington earlier this week that will directly impact our neighborhoods, with or without the Games.
Sep 30, 2009 Press Release
"I hope that the Supreme Court honors the decision made in the McDonald case ..."

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