Congressman García Votes for Lifesaving Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

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.

“I strongly believe that transformative reforms like education reinvestment, youth employment opportunities, and fairer housing policy will be necessary to curb violence in Chicago and allow communities to thrive. However, the bills we passed today help solve a tangible piece of the problem: they prevent guns from reaching the streets in the first place.

“Many of the guns used on Chicago’s streets come from nearby states with weaker regulations than Illinois. We need strong federal gun laws to prevent people from crossing state lines to buy deadly weapons. The Senate must advance these bipartisan and common sense background check bills to help keep our communities safe.”

A summary of H.R. 8 can be found here and a one-pager for H.R. 1446 can be found here.