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

March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) tonight joined House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity, and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Casten said, “After four years of corruption, cruelty, and deadly incompetence in the White House, today marks the beginning of a new day for America. With today’s swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris, glass ceilings will be shattered, and a new era of truth-telling and integrity will begin. 

February 12, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, in honor of the victims of the Aurora, Illinois shooting that occurred this week last year, U.S Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) introduced the Gun Trafficker Detection Act. The bill would create a federal requirement that gun owners must report their gun if lost or stolen within 48 hours. This helps law enforcement identify and prosecute traffickers, who often claim their gun was lost or stolen when it turns up at a crime scene across state lines.

December 13, 2019 In The News

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) is looking to combat gun violence by using credit card information.

The Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act, which would direct the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to assist financial institutions, through its Financial Institutions Advisory Program, in identifying and reporting suspicious or illegal financial activity related to firearms.

December 11, 2019 In The News

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.-10th) is looking to combat gun violence by using credit card information.

Wexton released details of a new proposal, the Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act, in November.

Should the bill makes its way through Congress, lawmakers would direct the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to assist financial institutions through its Financial Institutions Advisory Program in identifying and reporting suspicious or illegal financial activity related to firearms.

November 18, 2019 In The News

Carpentersville resident Sara Fierro was in fifth grade on Dec. 14, 2012, when a man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 26 people, including 20 who were ages 6 and 7.

"We were young and didn't understand how serious it was," said Fierro, now a senior at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville. "I knew it must have been bad because of the look on my teacher's face."

August 5, 2019 Press Release

Downers Grove, IL. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after the deadly shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. 

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.