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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

Jul 19, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill to fully fund the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), a critical resource to provide a more comprehensive picture of the circumstances surrounding violent deaths.
Jun 21, 2017 In the News
Some eyebrows went up this morning when President Trump's Justice Department announced 12 cities would get "significant assistance" in fighting crime under his new National Public Safety Partnership—and Chicago wasn't one of the dozen.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the Public Health Violence Prevention Act to establish a “National Center for Violence Prevention” (NCVP) under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The center will be tasked with creating new programs, including the Public Health Violence Prevention Program (PHVP), aimed at deploying health-focused responses to violence and the prevention of violence across all sectors.
Apr 6, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), David Cicilline (D-RI), and 37 other House Democrats called on the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee to fund the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) at a level that supports data collection in all 50 states. Rep. Quigley has offered an appropriations amendment to secure this funding every year for the past three years.
Apr 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Kathleen Rice and 35 fellow House Democrats yesterday called on House appropriators to close the loophole that allows suspected terrorists to purchase firearms and explosives. In a letter to Commerce, Justice, & Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson and Ranking Member José Serrano and Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter and Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rice, Quigley and House Democrats urged appropriators to authorize the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to prohibit individuals on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist from purchasing firearms and explosives.