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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Judiciary, Crime, and Guns

Standing up for the safety of our communities is something that I have been doing since my earliest days in the House of Representatives. On February 16, 1993, I stood in the well of the House of Representatives and said,

“I believe the threat and danger of semi-automatic assault weapons in this country are grossly understated.”

In the wake of national tragedies at Columbine High School, Sandy Hook Elementary and Aurora, Colorado, and many others, and the senseless killings that occur in the City of Chicago week after week – my words have sadly been proven only too true.

The very first legislation that I introduced in the House banned the domestic manufacturing and transfer of semi-automatic assault weapons. Shortly thereafter, I introduced legislation to prohibit the possession or transfer of Junk Guns, called Saturday Night Specials. I supported the Assault Weapons Ban when it passed in 1994 and stand ready to support efforts again in the 113th Congress to reinstate the ban in the wake of too many horrific acts of violence. I do not believe that having military-grade weapons like assault rifles or semi-automatic weapons with large magazines available to the general public makes our streets or communities safer. 

On Mar. 5, 2013, I reintroduced the Junk Gun Ban, H.R. 965. This legislation addresses cheap, poorly made handguns that are prone to misfire and malfunction and disproportionately used in crime. Most of the crimes committed on streets across the country are with handguns and this is a particularly dangerous subset of handguns that are manufactured in the U.S. but not subject to the same design and safety requirements that similar handguns must meet in order to be imported into the U.S.

As a member of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues like Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers and Crime Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Scott on legislation to prevent unconscionable mass shootings and gun violence.

More on Judiciary, Crime, and Guns

March 29, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House about the words of President Trump and when it is acceptable under House Rules to repeat them. Yesterday in the Immigration Subcommittee, Rep. Gutiérrez was reprimanded by Chairman Rep. F James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for saying that Donald Trump had said that Mexicans are criminals and rapists. But the President said those things and Rep. Gutiérrez was simply repeating the President’s words. So the Congressman from Illinois came to the floor to deliver a rather sarcastic speech about when it is and is not acceptable to repeat the words of the President in the House of Representatives.
March 27, 2017 Press Release
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, CHC Immigration Task Force Chair Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, and 18 members of the CHC sent a letter calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee. The signers ask the Appropriation’s leaders to reject the President’s proposed FY2017 supplemental budget request for an additional $3 billion to implement his executive orders on border security and interior immigration enforcement.
March 20, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued the following statement today in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that they would begin publishing the “Declined Detainer Outcome Report,” a report designated by one of Trump’s executive orders to shame state and local police departments who do not routinely hold immigrant prisoners without a federal warrant. By enumerating crimes committed by immigrants who were not held in violation of the Fourth Amendment until federal authorities came to deport them, the Trump Administration hopes to further attack so-called “sanctuary cities” that draw a bright line between local public safety activities and federal deportation activities.
March 9, 2017 Press Release
Today on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed the overwhelmingly successful town hall event he held in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago on Monday and offered lessons on what this says about the national resistance to the Trump Administration’s agenda. An estimated 1200 people packed the Logandale Middle School gym and auditorium for the 90-minute event, which was followed by an additional hour of Q&A with the Congressman in the parking lot. In his speech on the floor today, Rep. Gutiérrez said “there is a movement in the United States that is standing up to the fear, the racism, the lies and the divisiveness that comes from the President, his people and his Twitter account every single day.”
February 28, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) responded to President Trump’s call for greatly reduced legal immigration and a “merit-based” admissions system to reduce the legal immigration of low-skilled immigrants. The President also restated the lie that immigrants are a source of higher crime in the U.S. and that a wall will be an effective immigration or border security measure. The President also expressed his support for mass deportation of immigrants regardless of how long they have lived in the U.S. and how much they have contributed to this country. Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois and sits on the House Judiciary Committee and is the Chairman of the Immigration Taskforce of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
January 25, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s late night tweet about the City of Chicago. "When the President wants to work with states and localities on public policies to reduce gun-violence, he will find partners in cities like Chicago, but I think he’d rather spend his time on Twitter..."
January 17, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the floor of the House on Tuesday, January 10, just as he does once or twice a week when Congress is in session. But this speech, about why he will not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump and will attend the Women’s March on January 21, has taken on a life of its own. The video of his speech on Facebook has been viewed more than 6.1 million times, with 105,000 “shares,” 544,000 total reactions (likes, comments, etc.) and almost 68,000 comments. The Congressman’s office has received calls from as far away as Australia from Americans and others who support his family’s decision to attend the Women’s March instead of the inaugural ceremonies.
November 18, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – It has been reported that President-elect Trump is considering reinstituting NSEERS, or “Special Registration” – a program that required people from certain countries with large Muslim populations to come forward and be registered with the federal government.  A senior Trump advisor and a leader of the transition team, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, designed the plan when he was a key lieutenant to Attorney General John Ashcroft in the months after 9/11.  It was a moral, civil rights, due process, and law enforcement disaster.

November 18, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement today in reaction to the news that Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions of Alabama would be President-elect Trump’s pick as Attorney General.

July 13, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today on the floor of the House during Morning Business, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke about the last Puerto Rican political prisoner held in a federal prison, Oscar Lopez Rivera.  Rep.