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 He has also secured millions to re-hire laid-off local police officers and firefighters and replace outdated safety equipment.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

May 25, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today introduced the “Oppose Oversharing by Presidents Act” – or “OOPS Act” – to mitigate disclosures of classified information from the President of the United States. The bill comes amid reports that President Donald Trump has revealed closely-guarded military information to foreign leaders.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined an effort to force the House of Representatives to vote on bipartisan legislation establishing an independent, outside commission to investigate alleged connections between the Trump Administration, his campaign and Russia. The move comes on the heels of revelations that President Trump may have tried to shut down an FBI investigation into the allegations.

Recent polling shows 78 percent of Americans want an independent investigation.

May 10, 2017 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the White House’s termination of FBI Director James Comey:

“The timing of Director Comey’s termination raises legitimate questions concerning a White House cover-up. His departure disrupts an already slow-moving investigation of a hostile nation committing crimes against our country with possible collusion from Americans associated with our Commander in Chief.

Apr 25, 2017 Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Today, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) presented a Congressional Badge of Bravery to a Baltimore City Police Officer who heroically acted to protect his partner during a dramatic shoot-out in November 2015. 

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: