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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

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.
Apr 5, 2017 Editorials
On March 25, 2017 eight people were shot in the city of Chicago. The following day, twelve more people. Some were victims of retaliations and many more were left with new plans to retaliate, resulting in the continuation of a vicious and deadly cycle. As more shots are fired, more deaths occur, and more people are exposed to the trauma—and susceptible to the influence—of violence. While this sequence isn’t unique to Chicago, it is all too evident on the streets we call home. Violence of all forms is wreaking havoc in communities across the country, disproportionately impacting communities of color and shaving half a million years of life off our collective lifespan. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Apr 5, 2017 Editorials
On March 25, 2017 eight people were shot in the city of Chicago. The following day, twelve more people. Some were victims of retaliations and many more were left with new plans to retaliate, resulting in the continuation of a vicious and deadly cycle. As more shots are fired, more deaths occur, and more people are exposed to the trauma—and susceptible to the influence—of violence.
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.

Mr. Speaker,

Jan 25, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released the following statement after President Trump tweeted about Chicago gun violence:

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