Kinzinger Statement on Gun Control Legislation
Following the House vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released this statement.
Washington, DC – Following the House vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released this statement:
“The gun control measure brought before the House today was introduced with good intentions, but failed to produce meaningful legislation that would actually reduce gun violence. Today, I voted against H.R. 8 because it’s a short-sighted, partisan bill that does little to improve public safety or address the issues that lead to gun violence. Instead, this bill erodes the rights of law-abiding citizens and shows the political posturing of our colleagues across the aisle.
“As a gun-owner, I know the issues we face in protecting our Second Amendment rights while also protecting the security and well-being of our communities. But H.R. 8 would do little to curb illegal firearm transactions and it would not have stopped the mass shootings in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Pulse Nightclub, Las Vegas, and others. This legislation does not tackle the very real institutional failings that have led to these tragedies, and it prevents law-abiding citizens from accessing firearms for self-defense while doing nothing to penalize or deter criminals from engaging in gun violence. The American people deserve better than this, and I’m committed to common-sense measures that improve the safety of law-abiding citizens, fix our systematic flaws, and still protect our constitutional rights.”
In October, 2017, Congressman Kinzinger led an effort to have the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) reevaluate the classification of bump-stock devices under current federal law, and ultimately decide that such mechanisms have no place in civil society.
In March, 2018, Congressman Kinzinger signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Included in the package, which became law, is H.R. 4477, the Fix NICS Act, which applies penalties to government agencies for not reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.