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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 13, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley sent a letter to House leadership urging them to oppose language in the final FY18 appropriations package that would restrict the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies from conducting research about gun violence.
Dec 6, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released a statement after Republicans in the House passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) to force states with strong concealed carry laws to honor concealed carry permits from states with weaker laws.
Nov 29, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Quigley and Meehan re-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.
Nov 7, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley introduced legislation requiring the Attorney General to conduct a study and provide a report to Congress on possible links between mass shooters and a history of domestic violence.
Oct 10, 2017 In the News
“We can’t let the slaughter continue,” Quigley told the crowd. “Does life mean that little to you?” he asked after describing his experience at an Indiana gun show where an assault weapon was raffled off. “To the NRA I ask, does life mean that little to you? To my friends who won’t act, sadly my Republican friends in Congress, does life mean that little to you?”

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