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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

September 6, 2018 Press Release
A day after he called for the President’s resignation in a floor speech, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) was back on the floor this morning to compare the main protagonists in the legal drama unfolding between President Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Illinois Congressman asked “So, in this battle of he-said/he-said, who would the odds makers pick? If you were a betting man or woman, a Vegas odds maker, or just an arm chair quarterback, who would you go with?” With a picture of Mueller and Trump side by side, Rep. Gutiérrez went over their records. He noted that while the President has been talking and tweeting incessantly offering his side of the story, Former FBI Director Mueller “lets his indictments do the talking.”
September 5, 2018 Press Release
Today in a speech on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) said he has sent a letter to the President asking him to resign “for the good of the United States and her people.” Holding a copy of the letter, sent today, the Illinois Congressman and Member of the Judiciary Committee said, “It has become clear… that for decades, the President led a vast criminal enterprise that went on to engage in criminal activity during the 2016 campaign for the White House and has engaged in criminal activity since the President took office.”
August 28, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and more than 170 House Democrats sent a letter today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling on the Department to issue formal guidance prohibiting the use of federal education funding to buy guns for teachers and school staff.

August 24, 2018 Press Release
Today, in the wake of continuing fallout from the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen; the conviction of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort; grants of immunity for David Pecker, Chairman of American Media and the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg; and President Trump’s reactions to these events, Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) led a letter signed by every Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The letter asks that Chairman Goodlatte call the House Judiciary Committee back into session immediately to allow members to meet with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the implications of the Cohen investigation; to respond to possible abuse of the pardon power by the President and his continuing attacks on the DOJ; and to take up bipartisan legislation to protect the Special Counsel.
July 18, 2018 Press Release
Today on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) renewed his call for President Trump’s impeachment saying that the President’s decision to take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s side at the Helsinki summit was “nothing short of treasonous.” In a scathing speech, the 13-term Illinois Congressman, who was among the first to sign on to Articles of Impeachment introduced in November 2017, said, “The President has proven himself unable to separate his own personal interests from his current job as leader of the free world...” and went on to say to his House colleagues, “As a body, we must take action to relieve the President of his duties.”
June 7, 2018 Press Release
Today on the House floor, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) told House Republicans that “tearing apart Latinos families is an election year strategy from this White House designed to energize Republican voters for primaries and midterms” and that House Republicans, as the beneficiaries of this strategy, have given up their right to invoke family values ever again. In a fiery speech that touched on the new policy to take children from their parents along the border, the recent series of immigration workplace raids, and the deaths of more than 4,500 Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria, the Illinois Congressman said “please don’t ever come to the well of this House and tell the country that you support family values. Don’t you dare.”
May 22, 2018 Press Release
In an impassioned plea today for action rather than silence, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) read the names of the ten people shot and killed on Friday at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas and told his colleagues in a floor speech that “we have established a school to coroner pipeline in this country that will persist until the American people arm their politicians to do something about it…” He noted that there have been 46 moments of silence in the House related to gun-violence since the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting in 2012, but precious little has been done to prevent gun deaths in schools or anywhere else since then. He said, “We all know by now that more is needed than a moment of silence, because the silence of lawmakers kills.”
May 16, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – All the speculation this week about whether the President and the White House would apologize for comments made about American war hero Sen. John McCain was wasted breath, Rep. Luis V.

April 19, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) signed a ‘subpoena’ calling on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to come before the Committee and explain why there have been no hearings and no investigations into “the President’s alleged collusion with Russia or efforts by the President and other Republicans…to derail or obstruct said investigation.”
April 17, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 17, 2018) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) have led all Senate and House Judiciary Democrats in a letter condemning recent actions by the Justice Department undermining basic due process protections for immigrants. As Members of the committees of jurisdiction over the Justice Department, immigration law, and constitutional law, they raised concerns that the Justice Department’s actions flout Supreme Court precedent and abandon the most basic notions of fairness within the American justice system.