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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

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.
Oct 28, 2015 Press Release
Reps. Quigley, Price, DeLauro, Lowey and Kelly joined 110 democratic colleagues in urging House leadership to end the longstanding de facto ban on federal funding for gun violence research.
Oct 7, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley warned his colleagues on the House floor about the second tragedy following the shooting in Roseburg, Oregon – the tragedy of inaction by Congress to act on gun violence.
Oct 6, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Quigley co-authored H.R. 1217, the bipartisan King-Thompson background check legislation, officially known as the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015.
Sep 22, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Quigley applauded announcement of a $3.125 million federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant for the hiring of 25 new Chicago police officers.