An Illinois congressman is pushing for federal gun regulations. U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago, pictured) appeared on the House floor Tuesday to criticize Congress for not acting on or even considering gun control measures. “In the nearly four years I’ve been a member of this body, this House has not held a single hearing, not one, to address gun violence, while over 30,000 Americans die each year from gun violence, while over 400 lives have been lost to gun violence in my hometown of Chicago,” he said in a four-minute speech.
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He said gun restrictions are legal, and that the public wants gun regulations. He specifically called for a restoration of the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, for an end to the so-called gun-show loophole that allows the sale of guns between private individuals to occur without a background check, and for better maintenance of databases of violent or mentally ill individuals who should be disqualified from gun ownership.