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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

Feb 5, 2016 Editorials
Over the last 15 years, more than 1.16 million illegal attempts to buy guns were flagged and stopped by the current federal background check system – usually because the person trying to buy the gun was a convicted felon.
Jan 5, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley and Patrick Meehan introduced the bipartisan NICS Denial Notification Act, which will help law enforcement better enforce current gun laws by establishing an alert system to notify state and local law enforcement when criminals break the law attempting to acquire a gun.
Dec 16, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Mike Quigley joined U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline and other gun violence prevention advocates to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015, which prohibits the sale, transfer, production, and importation of new military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Dec 8, 2015 Editorials
Wednesday afternoon, Americans witnessed the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, this time in San Bernardino, California. It happened to be the second mass shooting of the day and the 355th of the year – equating to more mass shootings than days in the year.
Dec 8, 2015 Speeches
Rep. Quigley urged his colleagues on the House floor to protect the safety of American citizens by prohibiting the sale of firearms to suspected terrorists by closing the Terror Gap loophole.

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