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. Too often 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 committed 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

August 6, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, IL - El Congresista Jesús “Chuy” García envió el siguiente comunicado en respuesta al acto de terrorismo doméstico ocurrido en El Paso durante el fin de semana:

“Nuestra nación se encuentra conmovida y afligida. Hemos llegado a un punto de crisis. Debemos rechazar el odio que nos está dividiendo y pelear por lo mejor de este país, incluyendo nuestras fortalezas como lo son la democracia y la diversidad.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) successfully included two provisions in H.R. 2740, the first Democratic Majority-passed Appropriations package since 2010. H.R. 2740 provides $982.8 billion to fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy until Sept 30, 2020.

April 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC- Yesterday Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report outlining its findings about the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) gang database.

February 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) voted in favor of H.R. 8, legislation which requires a background check on every gun sale or transfer, including those conducted by unlicensed gun sellers.

Congressman García issued the following statement following the passage of this bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“As a Member of the House representing a district disproportionately affected by gun violence, I know firsthand the toll it takes on our communities.

February 22, 2019 Photo Gallery

Congressman Chuy García receives recognition for his work in violence prevention, from the Chicago Area Project, an organization he worked with when he headed Enlace Chicago.

January 8, 2019 Photo Gallery

Representative Chuy García and Representatives Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Robin Kelly (IL-02) met with Parkland activist David Hogg to highlight the need for stricter gun violence prevention laws, on the anniversary of the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ (AZ-13).