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

Dec 18, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Rev. Stanley Watkins
(202) 225-4372 office

WASHINGTON — Today U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) introduced H.R. 6680, the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2012, legislation aimed at establishing a nationwide system for prohibiting unlicensed gun-ownership and granting the U.S. Attorney General broad authority over the program.

Dec 14, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Rev. Stanley Watkins
(202) 225-4372 office

CHICAGO — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to today’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:

“Today’s shooting in Connecticut is a national tragedy. I join the nation in praying for the victims, their families, friends, & community.

Dec 3, 2012 Page

dictionary entry for the word legislationOne of the most important aspects of Congress is developing, making and monitoring laws. As a Member of Congress, I am actively involved in sponsoring and drafting legislation about issues that are important to you.

Mar 28, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Rev. Stanley Watkins
(202) 225-4372 office

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) delivered the following statement on the House floor today to emphasize the issue of racial profiling and its consequences:

Mr. Speaker, the death of Trayvon Martin is an American tragedy.

Too often this violent act is repeated in the streets of our nation.

Jun 7, 2011 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
 (773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
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Sharon Jenkins
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