Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) released this statement following his vote on the STOP School Violence Act:
"I believe it is among my highest responsibilities, and our collective responsibility, to ensure that our children have a positive and safe learning environment. As a father and a former teacher, I share in the views of our families that our schools should be a safe haven for our children, a place they can go to be protected from danger while they focus on their futures. Using their First Amendment rights, our children are paving the road to change -- it's our responsibility to make sure we act. I have cosponsored and supported the STOP School Violence Act to allow us to take necessary steps to protect our children in their schools."
Rep. Roskam voted against his party and against the NRA on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act saying, "Yesterday, I cast a "no' vote on H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. While a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I opposed this legislation because it would allow out of state individuals with no license, no permit and no training to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois. By mandating federal concealed carry reciprocity, H.R. 38 would force Illinois to permit visitors from states with incredibly lax or nonexistent concealed carry licensing requirements to legally carry in our communities."
Late last year, Rep. Roskam signed a letter strongly urging the ATF to reverse their policy allowing bump stocks. Bump stocks violate the spirit of laws already in existence that bans the use of automatic weapons.
Rep. Roskam is a cosponsor of H.R. 4434, the Fix NICS Act, he strongly supports bipartisan efforts to improve the background check system to ensure that federal and state authorities accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Rep. Roskam recently spent time speaking with the students of Glenbard North High School and answering questions on school violence and gun safety.