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Gun Violence Prevention

Every individual should have the right to live free from the fear of gun violence. The fact that 100 Americans die each day from guns is unacceptable. It’s an epidemic that has affected communities in every part of our country, including our own. We must pursue common sense solutions to gun violence - including expanding background checks and banning the sale of military-style assault weapons. I am proud to join the vast majority of Americans who support these measures. Congress has a responsibility to protect innocent lives. Thoughts and prayers are not enough.

My Work on Gun Violence Prevention

Mar 15, 2021 In The News

Both Democrats and a Republican representing Will County in Congress supported legislation to expand background checks on all gun sales.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two bills last Thursday to require a background check for every gun sale or transfer and to close a “loophole” which allows for the sale of a firearm if a background check is not completed within three business day, according to a news release.

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, called the changes “commonsense” and cited gun violence near his district as an example of what the bill aim to prevent.

Mar 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) voted to pass H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, two commonsense gun violence prevention measures to require background checks on all gun sales and close the Charleston Loophole that allowed the hate crime at Mother Emanuel AME Church.  In the 116th Congress, the House passed versions of these two bills in a strong, bipartisan way.

Jan 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office:

Jan 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the opening of the 117th Congress:

"I am honored to represent the people of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois for another term. In just a matter of days, a new President will be sworn in and an administration that believes in science-driven policies will get to work, and I am ready to work with them to tackle the issues that the people sent us to Washington to address.

Feb 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“As expected, President Trump continues to try and take credit for the Obama economic recovery. The fact is that both job growth and economic growth are slower under President Trump than under President Obama. Under Obama, the stock market tripled, and unemployment was cut in half – President Trump hasn’t come close to matching that record.

Jan 28, 2020 In The News

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster has chosen to honor a suburban law enforcement leader with a ticket to the State of the Union address.

Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman is scheduled to attend the Feb. 4 speech by President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives' chamber in Washington, D.C., as the guest of Foster, a Naperville Democrat who represents the 11th District.

Foster said in a news release he chose Ziman for her dedication to the safety and well-being of people in Illinois' second-largest city, parts of which he represents.

Jan 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced his guest for the State of the Union address: Kristen Ziman, Chief of Police of the Aurora Police Department.

Nov 7, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster held a panel discussion about gun violence Wednesday night in Joliet Township.

Foster, D-Naperville, and the panel shared their thoughts about the issue and possible solutions before fielding questions from several audience members at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

Apr 8, 2019 In The News

A new bill that would require a national mandatory three-day waiting period when buying a gun could help save lives from gun violence and suicide, a Harvard Business School professor said at a roundtable discussion on gun safety in Aurora.

The study, authored by Harvard professor Deepak Malhotra, Michael Luca and Christopher Poliquin, found that handgun waiting periods reduce gun homicides by 17% and gun suicides by 10%.

Mar 1, 2019 Press Release

Durbin, Duckworth, Foster, Underwood also press FBI to immediately conduct a review to ensure records of felony and domestic violence misdemeanor convictions are being appropriately shared across FBI databases