Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Safety

As a Member representing a district disproportionately affected by gun violence, I consider gun violence a true public health issue for my constituents. Congress must find sensible solutions to improve public safety including work to establish common-sense background checks, make it more difficult for guns to get in the hands of youth, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as crack down on gun trafficking.

Criminal justice reform is long overdue. We have seen punitive policies disproportionally send people of color and low-income individuals into the prison system. For too long we have tolerated a school-to-prison pipeline. 

I am a proud cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021. No single bill can end pervasive racism in law enforcement, but the Justice in Policing Act is a necessary step toward much-needed reform. Beyond this legislation, I remain committed to transformative measures to improve our criminal justice system so that it is fair and effective as I worked to do in the Illinois State Senate and as Cook County Commissioner.

More on Criminal Justice Reform and Gun Safety

April 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was found guilty on all charges:

“Derek Chauvin’s conviction is a small, needed measure of accountability, but there will never be justice for George Floyd.

“George Floyd’s death was a watershed moment. Millions of protesters across the country and the world took to the streets. Together, we said his name and the names of countless others killed by racist, violent policing.

March 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after he voted in favor of H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, bills that would require background checks for every gun sale and close existing loopholes.

“I represent a district and a city disproportionately affected by gun violence. In 2020 alone, Chicago suffered 3,261 shootings and 769 murders. The majority of victims were Black and Latino youth—the sons, daughters, colleagues, and friends of people in my neighborhood and across the city.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act:

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement in response to the indictment of only one of the three police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death:

“This verdict does not serve justice to Breonna Taylor, her family, or our community. It’s a slap on the wrist for one police officer—and a slap in the face for Black and Brown communities across the country.

June 25, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting in support of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, an extensive police reform package:

“Today, I was proud to vote for long overdue police reforms that ban violent practices and increase accountability in law enforcement. Rewriting the rules police play by is a cautious but necessary first step.

June 3, 2020 Press Release

Chicago, IL - In response to the murder of George Floyd and systemic police brutality against Black and Latino communities, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) joined Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Karen Bass (CA-37), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and 45 Members of Congress to introduce a resolution calling on Congress to condemn the criminalization of marginalized communities. Congressman García also supports transformative legislation to end police brutality, immunity, and corruption. His statement is below: