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Congressman Brad Schneider

Representing the 10th District of Illinois

Congressman Brad Schneider on Gun Control

Jan 17, 2013
In The News

The Sun-Times reached out to numerous congressional lawmakers after President Obama's far-reaching proposal to overhaul gun laws. Here's what some of them had to say and how the NRA has rated them. 

The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbies in the nation, pouring some $68 million in contributions and lobbying efforts onto Congress since 1990.

Here's what some Illinois congresspeople had to say:

Brad Schneider (D-IL):
NRA Rating: F
Schneider supports assault weapons ban, ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks. Schneider said of Obama's proposals: " I encourage all of my fellow Members of Congress to act immediately to help turn these recommendations into law."

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL): supports assault weapons ban and ban on high-capacity magazines. The veteran who enjoys target practice owns a FOID card but ont a weapon. She hopes to be a "calm voice" on gun reform.
NRA Rating: F

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
NRA Rating: F
Supports assault weapons ban, ban on high capacity magazines and universal background checks. Believes the country should "seize the moment" on gun reform.

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock: (R-IL)
NRA Rating: 92 Percent
"Congressman Schock has been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. Most gun control efforts end up penalizing law abiding citizens, while some of the areas with the strongest gun control laws have the highest crime such as Washington, DC and Chicago," a statement from his office said. "The White House Task Force, led by Vice President Joe Biden, just announced their new proposals on gun laws for Congress to consider. If the Senate passes a bill, Congressman Schock will review it with an open mind."

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam: (R-IL)
NRA Rating: 92 Percent
"The tragedy in Newtown has brought into sharp focus the need for action to prevent future atrocities. Improvements need to be made to prevent criminals and unstable individuals from obtaining weapons in the first place--that is why I have previously supported improvements to the National Instant Background Check System, and voted to increase the program's funding," Roskam said in a statement. "It is also vital that any action must be holistic, taking into account improvements in mental health, school safety, and discussing violence in our culture."

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
NRA Rating: 0
Told the Sun-Times in an interview he supports an assault weapons ban.
"Senator Kirk believes we need to take a sensible and comprehensive approach to reducing gun violence in our society," said his spokesman, Lance Trover. "He looks forward to working with his Senate colleagues and other stakeholders to have a thoughtful and open dialogue about all the systematic problems that lead to violence."

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
NRA Rating: 0 percent
Comment: "I strongly support the President's comprehensive proposal, which also includes important school safety, law enforcement, and mental health resources. The President has done his part. Now it is time for Congress to do our part. As the President urged today, we must reinstate a Federal Assault Weapons Ban, in order to protect our children. We must pass laws to ban assault magazines." 

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL)
NRA Rating: 0
"The President's proposals represent the type of commonsense gun control policies that most Americans want, including gun owners. When you put a 30 round clip in an assault weapon, you're not hunting deer, you are hunting people."