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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

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

Feb 19, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, whose district includes the warehouse in Aurora where a gunman killed five people last week, said Tuesday he is hopeful a House bill strengthening background check requirements for gun owners will have bipartisan support and help jump-start changes to the country’s gun laws.

Apr 3, 2018 Press Release

Naperville, IL - Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a community forum to discuss gun violence. Over 300 people attended Community Christian Church to listen to speakers and ask questions.

Mar 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) released the following statement for the national gun violence walkout: 

Jul 7, 2016 Press Release

Aurora, IL – Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a telephone town hall discussion about the public health crisis posed by gun violence in America, as well as what Congress can do right now to reduce gun violence in communities across the country.

Nearly 3,400 residents of the 11th Congressional District joined the call, and several had the opportunity to ask questions.

Jun 29, 2016 Press Release

''Today, I joined colleagues, community leaders, and advocates at a press conference in Chicago to demand immediate action to address the gun violence that plagues too many communities in Illinois and across the country. The facts are disturbingly clear: gun violence is a public health crisis, and Congress should act now to address it. The overwhelming majority of Americans – Democrats and Republicans – support common sense measures that would close background check loopholes and prohibit anyone who belongs on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms.

Jan 5, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) called President Obama’s announcement of executive actions to curb gun violence “an important step.”

“The actions announced by President Obama are an important step to curb the tragic epidemic of violence that is tearing apart communities,” said Foster. “The President’s proposals will improve background checks, increase enforcement, expand access to mental health care and drive research into gun safety.”

Jun 26, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Bill Foster joined 163 other Member of Congress in calling on Speaker Boehner to bring legislation to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to the floor for a vote.