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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

Oct 3, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Mike Thompson (CA-5), members of the Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce, sent a letter along with 46 of their Democratic colleagues to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) urging for the publication of an updated “Following the Gun” report, which examines where criminals obtain their firearms, in light of recent tragedies involving gun violence.
Sep 8, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House floor about his experience attending a gun show in Crown Point, Indiana.
Jul 13, 2016 Editorials
"Gun to the right. No gun to the left" was the greeting heard by attendees entering the cavernous hall in Crown Point, Ind., that hosted the Central Indiana Gun and Knife Show. The Industrial Arts Building on the Lake County Fairgrounds has played host to garden shows and home improvement and craft vendors. But on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, the rambling, 90-year-old brick building played host to products that were of an altogether different nature.
Jul 8, 2016 In the News
Following the late-night killing of five police officers in Dallas and two men in Minnesota and Louisiana in the days before, top local leaders asked Illinoisans for unity.
Jun 29, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce, joined Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05), Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11), Rep. Danny Davis (IL-07) and gun violence prevention advocates at Federal Plaza in Chicago to demand Congress act on commonsense gun violence legislation.

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