Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Gun Control

I know firsthand the terrible toll that crime and violence takes on our community and nation. In 1999, my youngest son Huey was shot and killed in Chicago. For my family and me, our lives were forever changed by this tragedy. I know we are not alone. 

Gun violence is an epidemic in our country.  Over the past several years, we have all seen the horrors of gun violence perpetrated against our nation and many of us have witnessed the less publicized displays of gun violence on our city streets.

I firmly believe that proposals before the Congress to regulate the purchase of firearms do not infringe on the rights afforded by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.  As the late Justice Scalia wrote in the Majority Opinion for District of Columbia v. Heller, “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on … laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” (District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008))

Many of the proposals under discussion do not prevent an individual from purchasing a firearm.  Rather, they implement a commonsense requirement (for example, background checks before sale) that has bipartisan support.  The purpose of this legislation is not to prevent law-abiding citizens from possessing firearms, but instead, to prevent guns from falling into the hands of those who may harm themselves or society.

More on Gun Control

Oct 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced legislation requiring the Department of Justice to update the National Institute of Justice’s research report on gun safety technologies.

Oct 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) recently introduced legislation to direct the federal government to study the safety and efficacy of tasers and firearms.

The “TASER Access, Safety, and Effectiveness Review and Study Act,” or, the “TASERS Act,” directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in consultation with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health to conduct a study on the safety and efficacy of tasers and firearms.

Oct 4, 2019 Press Release

CHICAGO — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) delivered the following opening remarks at the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health field hearing on "A Public Health Crisis: The Gun Violence Epidemic."

Rep. Rush's Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery: 

Jul 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act today to help reduce firearm violence in Illinois and across the country. This legislation would prohibit unlicensed firearm ownership and the transfer of firearms without a valid firearms license, as well as direct the U.S. Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system and conduct fingerprint-based nationwide criminal background checks — which could have prevented the gunman who killed five people in Aurora, Illinois, in February from acquiring the firearm he used that tragic day.
Feb 27, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

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