Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Sensible Gun Reform in America
Following the recent mass shootings across the country, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) reaffirmed his commitment to working on sensible gun reform to save lives.
Washington, DC – Following the recent Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX mass shootings, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) reaffirmed his commitment to working on sensible gun reform by advocating, once again, to raise the gun purchase age to 21, implement universal background checks, and bolster red flag laws. He made those points clear in an op-ed shortly after the El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH shootings in 2019, which can be found in full here.
On Sunday, May 29, 2022, the Congressman joined ABC’s This Week and discussed these reforms as well as the importance for Congress to work together in a bipartisan, good faith manner to address the gun violence epidemic.
In his interview, which can be found in full below, Congressman Kinzinger suggested stricter regulations for the purchase of AR-15 style rifles, saying that it’s time to have this discussion and consider a special license for AR purchases or other measures to make sure they are not so readily available for bad actors.
This week, Congressman Kinzinger joined his House colleagues in cosponsoring H.R. 3015 - the Raise the Age Act and H.R. 1007 – the Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act. These bipartisan pieces of legislation would establish new requirements on the sale of firearms to adults under 21 and make trafficking in firearms a stand-alone criminal offense.
Congressman Kinzinger has previously reached across the aisle for common-sense gun reform, voting in favor of H.R. 8 – Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021 and H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which establishes a more stringent federal framework for concealed carry permits and background checks.
In 2017, Congressman Kinzinger drafted a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) following the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas, NV urging a thorough but speedy re-evaluation of bump-stock devices with the goal of ultimately banning these attachments.
During his recent Sunday show interview, Congressman Kinzinger also stressed the importance of bringing both parties to the table in Congress to address gun violence in America more effectively: “My side is not coming forward with reasonable ways to defend an amendment that we think is very important. I'm looking at this going, 'Fine, if people are going to put forward solutions about certifying maybe who can buy an assault weapon, I'm certainly open to that.”
For more on this topic, you can find Congressman Kinzinger’s latest interviews on these issues on his YouTube page.