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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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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 He has also secured millions to re-hire laid-off local police officers and firefighters and replace outdated safety equipment.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

Sep 20, 2018 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) — U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement regarding a shooting at Harford County’s Enterprise Business Park in the Second District:

“I am proud to represent Aberdeen in Congress – it is a close-knit community of patriotic families. Once again, a mass shooting hits too close to home.

Jul 10, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:

May 17, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – During the height of National Police Week, Team Maryland gathered as a bipartisan delegation Wednesday for a dialogue with federal law enforcement partners based in Maryland, including the newly-confirmed U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur.

May 17, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) — An amendment blocking President Trump’s bailout of Chinese telecom company ZTE offered by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) unanimously passed the House Appropriations Committee today. The amendment will be included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill when it comes under consideration by the full House of Representatives next month.
Apr 30, 2018 Press Release
(Washington, DC) –  Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) on Monday released a new report aiming to strengthen the protection of government agencies and the American private sector against increasingly aggressive cyber attacks. The report makes recommendations to the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee regarding long-standing challenges hampering the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity efforts.
Apr 25, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today announced his support for federal legislation requiring gun dealers to conduct instant background checks before selling ammunition. Congressman Ruppersberger has signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 5383, The Ammunition Background Check, which is a bicameral proposal that will simply enforce existing law with no effect on law-abiding gun owners.

Mar 13, 2018 Press Release

Ruppersberger is former Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee 

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement following the House Intelligence Committee Republicans’ announcement that they have concluded their Russia investigation:

Feb 15, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement after 17 people were killed in the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida:

“Every parent should be guaranteed that, when they put their child on the school bus, they will arrive home at the end of the day.  My heart is broken for the families of Parkland, which joins the growing list of those devastated by gun violence at school.

Feb 2, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement following the declassification of a memo by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes:

Jan 17, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) today applauded passage of the bipartisan Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Ruppersberger was an original cosponsor of the legislation, which creates an ambassador-level cyber coordinator at the State Department. Like other ambassadors, the new cyber envoy would be nominated by the President with consent of the Senate.