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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 magazinesimproving the National Instant Background Check System to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill; requiring tougher penalties for criminals caught trafficking guns across state lines into Illinois; directing the Department of Justice study the correlation between domestic violence and mass shootings; and pushing for the ban to be lifted on federal agencies like the CDC from studying gun violence.

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. 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.

Following a wave of mass shootings where the shooter had a history of domestic violence, Rep. Quigley introduced a bill to require the DOJ to study the link between mass shootings and domestic violence.

Rep. Quigley introduced bi-partisan legislation to improve the NICS system to alert law enforement when criminals break the law attempting to acquire a gun.

Rep. Quigley has been a leader on the effort to overturn the ban on federal agencies, like the CDC, from conducting research on gun violence.

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

More on Gun Violence Prevention

Dec 18, 2012 Speeches
"This crisis demands our action. The time has come for us to stop listening to the gun lobby, and start listening to the American people. The fact is a majority of Americans, gun owning and not, desire common sense, reasonable gun regulations. Congress must no longer stand in the way of reasonable regulation. Instead, we must champion it," said Quigley. "
Dec 11, 2012 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Illinois’ ban on carrying a concealed weapon in public is unconstitutional.
Jul 30, 2012 In the News
"I will continue to encourage him to play a role," Rep. Mike Quigley.
Jul 25, 2012 In the News
"I dont know what it takes to shock us into a realization that there are at least some extreme examples that there are very bad people with very bad weapons that we can control to a certain extent," said Rep. Mike Quigley. "
Jul 25, 2012 Speeches
"Sure, we cant stop them with 100 percent certainty, but we can make it a lot harder for would be assassins. We can ensure every gun is purchased after a background check, rather only 60 percent of guns, as is currently the case. And, we can reduce the fatality rate by banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines that are designed exclusively for killing dozens of people at once" said Rep. Mike Quigley.