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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

Crime and Justice

As a former county prosecutor, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger believes state and local law enforcement are the experts on how to best protect their citizens. In general, he defers to the wishes of the law enforcement agencies in his district when weighing federal judicial policy. Dutch believes:

The best way to fight crime is to support local law enforcement.

Dutch is proud to have secured millions of dollars to help Maryland and its local police departments fight criminals, including the funding needed to set up the first-of-its-kind, multi-jurisdictional gang taskforce. He has also secured millions to re-hire laid-off local police officers and firefighters and replace outdated safety equipment. Drawing on his experiences as Baltimore County Executive, he advocates on behalf of school resource officers – which protect students, teachers and staff – while in Congress.

Citizens have a right to responsibly bear arms, but we can do a better job regulating the sale and transfer of guns and ammunition.

Dutch strongly believes in the Second Amendment, but we also have a Constitutional responsibility to protect American citizens from harm. He supports efforts to ban true assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which have been the weapons of choice for mass shooters because their sole purpose is to inflict as much damage as possible as quickly as possible. When assault weapons or high-capacity magazines have been used in a shooting, the number of casualties has increased 63 percent. So while a ban may not stop these attacks, it will help drastically reduce the bloodshed.

Dutch also supports requiring background checks for all gun sales, including those purchased online and at gun shows and addressing the sale of firearms to the mentally ill.

To alleviate prison over-crowding, we should save mandatory minimums for the really bad guys.

Mandatory minimums for minor drug offenses are bogging our prison system down and costing young people who make one poor decision their entire futures. We should concentrate prison space on violent and career criminals by focusing mandatory minimums on leaders and supervisors of drug trafficking organizations. Dutch supports legislation that would reduce mandatory minimums for certain non-violent, first-time drug offenders, reduce the 3-strike mandatory life sentence to 25 years, allow drug sentences to be enhanced based upon prior convictions for serious violent felonies and broaden the existing safety valve for low-level drug offenders with prior misdemeanors.

Related Cosponsorships

Assault Weapons Ban of 2015

Condemning violence that targets healthcare for women.

Background Check Completion Act

Safer Communities Act of 2015

Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2015

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 2015

More on Crime and Justice

Apr 4, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions objecting to the request by the U.S. Department of Justice to delay finalizing the consent decree that was agreed to by DOJ and the City of Baltimore to address systemic civil rights violations. The agreement followed an exhaustive federal pattern-and-practice investigation.

Mar 16, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Scott Taylor (R-VA) today introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the United States to adopt a clear and comprehensive cybersecurity policy. The resolution (H.R. 200) aims to define an act of aggression, an act of war, and other related events in cyber space. The resolution also directs the adoption of a commensurate response to cyber aggression.

Mar 2, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after it was reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with Russia’s ambassador to the United States while serving as a Trump campaign advisor, contrary to testimony he provided under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings.

Mar 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Maryland’s bipartisan Congressional delegation, led by Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony Brown, Elijah E. Cummings, John K. Delaney, Andy Harris, Jamie Raskin, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes have written to Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, and his counterpart at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Gordon B.

Jan 12, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.)  — Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-MD), issued the following statement after Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the finalization of a consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and Baltimore City Police Department:

Dec 12, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, former Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, today issued the following statement on alleged Russian interference into U.S. elections:

Nov 22, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC)  — Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger along with U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) sent a letter yesterday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh to inquire on the status of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Baltimore’s consent decree negotiations.

Oct 6, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.), have written to Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald asking him to resign his position in the wake of a detailed report from the Howard County Office of Human Rights. The full letter follows.
October 6, 2016
Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald
8360 Court Ave
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Dear Sheriff Fitzgerald:

Jun 29, 2016 Press Release

(Baltimore, MD) – Today Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) marked the National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore. The Representatives were joined by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, survivors of gun violence, families of victims, and faith leaders.

Jun 23, 2016 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined dozens of colleagues in a sit-in on the House Floor to demand a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence. Ruppersberger and others urged House leadership to allow the vote before the chamber recesses next week for a district work period.