House Democrats stage sit-in over gun control - WNEM TV 5

House Democrats stage sit-in over gun control

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(Source: Dan Kildee) (Source: Dan Kildee)

House Democrats are currently staging a sit-in on the House floor, demanding a vote on gun control legislation.

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D - GA) is leading the sit-in and is joined by about 30 colleagues, including Rep. Dan Kildee (D - MI) of Flint.

The group is demanding that the House remain in session through its planned recess to debate and vote on gun control legislation, most notably the bill that would prevent suspected terrorists on the FBI's "No Fly" list from buying a gun.

The House recessed shortly after Lewis announced the sit-in.

"The House cannot operate without members following the rules of the institution, so the House has recessed subject to the call of the chair," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said.

Kildee, a Flint native, has been outspoken about the need for more gun regulation since the shooting at an Orlando nightclub on June 12 that ended with 49 people dead.

"The American people have made it clear that they want Congress to do its job and act to prevent suspected terrorists from getting guns. Congress should not recess until we do our job and act to protect the American people," Kildee said.

Some House Democrats have vowed to stay all night if nothing is done.

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