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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

Jun 9, 2010 Press Release
"I oppose the compromise that would exempt the NRA from the disclosure and disclaimer requirements in the current bill."
Mar 19, 2010 Speeches
"If we're serious about protecting our nation we have to be serious with closing the gun show loophole." "
Feb 24, 2010 Speeches
"Blair Holt took a bullet to protect a stranger. Is it too much to ask this House to take a tough vote to protect our kids?" "
Feb 22, 2010 Press Release
"Guns have no place in our parks, and this amendment had no place in this bill."
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.

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