Valley congressman backs Dem sit-in, wants gun vote

Republican Congressman Bill Johnson is calling the protest a "publicity stunt"

Congressman Tim Ryan - Youngstown, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Valley Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles, was among the Democrats who took part in the sit-in late last night.

The Democrats halted the day’s legislative session with their sit-in and protest on gun control while demanding a vote on the legislation that would prevent anyone on a no fly list from purchasing a firearm and enact stricter background check guidelines. In the meantime, Republicans struggled to force the House back into session.

Ryan said during an interview with 33 WYTV News late Wednesday night that all Democrats want is the chance to vote on the gun bills, even though he doesn’t think it would change anything.

Republican Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, issued a statement Wednesday night about the sit-in calling it a “publicity stunt” and that the Democrats are acting like “children.”“I think we need to sit down and carve out some legislation that can be a compromise. But that can get us to where we need to be to start tightening this loophole up. But to not even have a vote that’s what is so outrageous about this whole thing,” Ryan said.

“Trying to violate the Second Ammendment by taking guns away from law-abiding Americans. Luckily, common sense citizens in my district and across the country won’t stand for this sit-in,” Johnson said.

The House if officially on its July 4th break, but several Democrats are continuing the protest.

C-span, which carries live feeds from the House are down for the break, but the sit-in is being broadcast on the social media app Periscope.

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