Democrats end 25-hour plus protest to demand House gun votes

With just a few interruptions, Democrats commanded the House floor since 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

This photo provided by Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., shows Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., left, participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Rep. John Yarmuth via AP)

WASHINGTON (WYTV) — House Democrats have ended their 25½-hour sit-in on the chamber’s floor that they’ve been staging to demand votes on gun control.

With just a few interruptions, Democrats commanded the House floor since 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The protest was broadcast live to the world over social media.

Photos: House Dems hold sit-in for gun control

Valley Congressman Tim Ryan was among the 170 lawmakers who protested over the gun legislation.

“All we want is a vote… We’re not saying we’re going to win the vote, but we want a vote on no-fly, no buy,” he said.

Democrats wanted votes on bills strengthening background checks and barring firearms sales to people on the government’s no-fly list.

The Orlando shooting was the deadliest incident of gun violence in American history. Because of that, plus the shooting in San Bernardino, polls show 90 percent of people support tighter background checks without taking away someone’s right to own a gun.

“Look, I was hunting in southern Ohio a couple months ago. I was shooting guns with my stepson weeks ago at my buddy’s farm. This is not about taking guns away,” Ryan said.

Republicans broke up the sit-in by taking votes, including passing a funding measure to help the fight against Zika. They said Democrats didn’t try to do more on guns when they had control of the House, Senate and a president in the Oval Office.

“If this was so important, why didn’t they do something then? That leads even more back to the value that this was a political stunt,” said Congressman Bill Johnson, R-Ohio.

The Senate reached a compromise on guns late Thursday afternoon.

One bill would block people on the no-fly list from getting guns but allow them to challenge the denial. Another would require the Justice Department to get a court order to block gun sales to a suspected terrorist.

 

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