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Gun Violence Prevention

Our nation is in the midst of a gun violence epidemic and, sadly, nowhere is this more evident than in Chicago. The tragedy of gun violence in America is compounded by another tragedy in Washington, DC: congressional inaction. That is why I have refused to standby idly while thousands of Americans die each year due because of these deadly weapons.

Since coming to Congress, I have been proud to cosponsor 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; implementing buyback programs; and requiring tougher penalties for criminals caught trafficking guns across state lines. I have also used my position as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to secure additional funding to help local police departments to implement new strategies to curb violence and fought to remove the incomprehensible ban placed on the Center for Disease Control so they can begin the critical work of researching gun violence.

Rep. Mike Quigley speaks at an #Enough rally calling for an end to gun violence
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.

I have also supported important legislation in the House, like the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, H.R. 8, which would require unlicensed gun sellers to use the same verification system by requiring them to sell their guns through licensed dealers only. This bill defines exceptions for individuals to loan a gun for hunting, to use a gun in self-defense, and to give a gun as a gift to family members. Additionally, I voted in favor of the Enhanced Background Checks Act, H.R. 1112, which addresses the so-called “Charleston Loophole,” that currently allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three business days. This bill gives the FBI additional time to complete these background check investigations before the firearm can be transferred.


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

No perfect solution exists to end all gun violence, but we know from looking at 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.

More on Gun Violence Prevention

May 23, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a Member on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, met with young leaders from Parkland High School and other school communities for a gun violence prevention forum, where students discussed their personal experiences and various policy proposals.
May 17, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley delivered the following remarks on the inclusion of his legislative language in the CJS Appropriations bill. Rep. Quigley’s language encourages states to prioritize logging records into the National Instant Criminal (NICS) Background Check System for domestic violence abusers.
May 17, 2018 Speeches
Rep. Quigley, who serves as the only Illinois Member on the House Appropriations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the inclusion of his legislative language in the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill.
May 15, 2018 In the News
"Getting a gun shouldn't be as easy as renting a bike — but in many cases, it is ... Reminds us just how dangerously simple it can be for an everyday civilian to obtain a weapon of war."
Apr 7, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley attended Amundsen High School's "Townhall for Our Lives" to discuss the gun violence epidemic and ways to address it. Below are his opening remarks:

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