House Democrats stage sit-down protest over gun control

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By: Matthew Daly/Associated Press

This photo provided by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine shows Democrat members of Congress, including, front row, from left, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., 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. Chellie Pingree via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are staging a sit-down protest, seeking a vote on gun control measures following the Orlando nightclub shooting.

A group of about 30 Democrats led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis demanded a vote on gun control measures before sitting down and “occupying” the House floor Wednesday.

Rep. John Larson of Connecticut says lawmakers are “calling for the simple dignity of a vote” in the House on measures to block gun purchases by some suspected terrorists.

Larson says, “Rise up Democrats, rise up Americans. We will occupy this chamber.”

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland says, “We will not be shut up. We will not be shut down.”

The House was not in session when the Democrats held the demonstration. Republican leaders ordered C-SPAN cameras turned off.

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