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Gun Violence


June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. As we honor victims and survivors of gun violence, I want to hear directly from you about your experience with gun violence. Please take a moment to share your story with me by completing my Gun Violence Survey. 

Chicago has become the epicenter of our nation’s gun violence epidemic. In 2016, 786 lives were claimed by gun violence in Chicago. Nationally, the death toll was over 15,000 last year. Too many of our families have been affected by this wave of violence.

This issue permeates every corner of American life and I am committed to finding a common sense solution that will keep more Americans safe. In 2014, I published the Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, an in-depth Congressional analysis on the gun violence epidemic in America. I also launched the Urban Progress (UP) Initiative, a collaborative effort between my colleagues in Congress and community partners to reduce gun violence and increase economic opportunity. 

Lastly, gun violence is a threat to our public health, and communities across America. I will continue working to expand access to quality mental health care services and support common sense legislation to reduce the threat of gun violence and gun suicides. 

More on Gun Violence

Nov 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Gunfire Detection and Location Technology Act.

The legislation would direct the U.S. Attorney General to provide grants to states and localities for gunfire detection and location technology. Specifically, it would authorize $40 million in grants to be distributed in equal parts over the coming four fiscal years.

Nov 13, 2019 In The News

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Federal agents trace nearly half a million guns used in crimes each year, often turning up a dangerous link that's putting guns in the hands of criminals. Now, the I-Team is investigating a loophole linking recent high profile shootings: Criminals getting around gun safety laws by exploiting legal sales.

In last month's battlefield in Culiacan, Mexico connected to the arrest of El Chapo's son, the combatants were armed with heavy weaponry of an ongoing cartel arms race. The I-Team has uncovered that that arms race now stretches to Illinois.

Nov 13, 2019 In The News

In 2016, there were nearly 800 homicides in Chicago – a 20-year high. That number dropped to 561 by the end of 2018. 

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd District), who co-chairs the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has introduced a number of bills addressing gun violence.

“Take Ebola. I think a couple of people died in the United States and we immediately jumped and gave resources and things like that,” Kelly said. “Well, look how many people are dying.”

Nov 5, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Robin Kelly today announced that Kankakee County was awarded a $244,382 federal grant to fund violence prevention programs at Kankakee School District 111 and other county schools. The grant includes mental health crisis intervention and suicide prevention strategies.

Sep 26, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — Sometimes it pays just to show up.

It did on Wednesday for gun control advocates frustrated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is refusing to call any gun bills until President Donald Trump tells him what he wants done.

Aug 5, 2019 Press Release

Matteson, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, released this statement following the tragic mass shootings in Chicago, El Paso and Dayton:

“On Friday night, families in Chicago, El Paso and Dayton went to bed with thriving, living family members. By Sunday night, all of that had changed, for the worst, because of the gun violence that has become an epidemic in our nation.

Jul 31, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly introduced the Preventing Gun Trafficking Act, H.R. 4116, legislation to make straw purchases a federal crime.

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and U.S.

May 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) and U.S.

Apr 4, 2019 In The News

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus’ health task force on Tuesday floated a bill calling for the country’s top medical officer to tackle the issue of gun violence.

“Gun violence kills 100 Americans each day in America,” Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) said at a news conference on Capitol Hill.

Kelly said Congress needs data in order to confront the epidemic, a need she cited as the impetus for her bill, H.R. 1114, that would require the surgeon general to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on public health.


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