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
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Biden addressed a Joint Session of Congress:
“Tonight, President Biden laid out a bold plan to overcome this pandemic and build back an economy that is stronger and more equitable for all Americans.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.