Representative Sean Casten

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Gun Reform

Gun violence claims the lives of 30,000 Americans every year. Mass shootings have plagued our schools and our communities and too many loved ones have been taken due to guns. Now more than ever, it’s time for Congress to act. Rep. Casten supports sensible gun control measures including strengthening background checks and banning assault weapons. 

Strengthening Background Checks

Representative Casten is a strong supporter of reforms to strengthen background checks.  Federal law prohibits certain individuals, including those with felony convictions, domestic abusers, and people who have been involuntarily committed to mental hospitals, from possessing firearms.  Rep. Casten cosponsored of H.R. 8, legislation to ensure background checks for all gun sales to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.  

Banning Assault Weapons 

Weapons designed for war should be held by those in the military not for civilians. Rep. Casten supports banning semi-automatic weapons with military-style features and is a cosponsor of H.R. 1296 the Assault Weapons Ban. 

For too long, Congress has failed to act on gun control. Rep. Casten is committed to working with his colleagues to bring commonsense gun safety measures to Congress.

More on Gun Reform

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 2740, a package of bills that would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy throughout the next year.

The bill includes several provisions championed by Congressman Casten aimed at protecting our environment, addressing climate change, ensuring access to quality health care, and promoting education for all citizens. Congressman Casten released the following statement upon the passage of the bill:

May 1, 2019 In The News

Casten took office in January after beating incumbent Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in November’s midterm election.

“I’ve run for one elected office in my entire life and I won, so if you want advice on how to get to office, I’m batting a thousand,” Casten said, in talking to St. Charles Chamber of Commerce members April 26 at the Baker Community Center.

April 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) marked 100 days since being sworn into the 116th Congress. In the first 100 days, Casten and his colleagues have advanced legislation to protect those with pre-existing conditions, strengthened background checks on guns, and reauthorized vital legislation to advance women’s rights, including the Violence Against Women Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Since being sworn in, Casten has held five townhalls to hear directly from constituents.

February 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted in favor of H.R. 1112, a bipartisan bill that would strengthen background checks on guns sales. The bill would close the “Charleston Loophole” by preventing gun sales from proceeding if a background check isn’t completed within three days, as allowed under current law.

February 28, 2019 In The News

Amid the news of Chicago’s mayoral vote and Michael Cohen’s testimony, what the U.S. House did this week deserves to be noted, if only for the political courage it displayed—and I don’t use that phrase lightly.

The House approved the first major piece of gun-control legislation that has advanced in Washington since what seems like the dawn of time.

February 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted in favor of H.R. 8, a bipartisan bill that would strengthen background checks on guns sales. The bill would require universal background checks for all gun sales, closing the “gun-show” loophole. It would require any firearm transfer between unrelated, unlicensed individuals — such as a buyer and seller at a gun show — to be conducted through a licensed dealer, who is required to perform the background check on the recipient.

February 19, 2019 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement regarding the shooting at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois.

Casten said, “In tragedy, we – mere human beings – seek answers.   It is, as they say, human nature. We want to know why. Why did someone commit this unthinkable act?

How could someone not have done more to stop it?  What if….

In the aftermath of gun tragedies like the one in Aurora, the questions pile up. 

I speak now as a scientist and a father. 

February 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address.

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In advance of President Trump’s State of the Union Address, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement on what he hopes the President will discuss.