April 10, 2019

Duckworth Meets with Illinoisans Impacted by Gun Violence


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met today with Illinoisans suffering from our nation’s gun violence epidemic to discuss the need to pass legislation that would address the epidemic and save lives, including the Background Check Expansion Act. The advocates are affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization of Americans working to reduce gun violence. Photos from today’s meeting are available here.

“I was honored to meet with these Illinoisans whose loved ones had their lives tragically cut short by senseless gun violence” Duckworth said. “It’s time for Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on proposals that will protect our children and keep our communities safe.”

Duckworth has consistently introduced and cosponsored legislation that would help address the gun violence crisis. She recently joined her Senate colleagues in calling on U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to quickly hold a hearing on legislation to expand federal background checks to all firearm sales. Duckworth also helped reintroduce the Background Check Expansion Act and the Assault Weapons Ban in January after penning an op-ed for the Washington Post on how her experiences as someone who comes from a long line of combat Veterans have shaped her perspective on our nation’s gun violence epidemic.