House Democrats Renew Push for Gun Bill on Floor

Lawmakers disrupt floor time to ask for expanded background checks, 'no-fly, no-buy'

Georgia Rep. John Lewis is flanked by colleagues following the House Democrats' June sit-in demanding votes on gun safety legislation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Dozens of House Democrats took to the floor of the chamber Wednesday to renew their push for gun safety legislation and to demand a bill expanding background checks be brought to the floor.

The lawmakers also asked for a "no-fly, no-buy" bill that would prevent individuals on terrorist watch lists from obtaining firearms.

One by one, Democrats approached the podium holding photos of victims of gun violence to ask for unanimous consent to bring up a bill that would expand background checks.

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They were led by Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, who yielded to each member who asked for bills to be introduced on behalf of victims "of gun violence who never received a moment of action on the House floor."

Their requests were ruled out of order because the time that had been yielded to Democrats related to debate on a different measure.

In June, Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in demanding Republican leaders bring gun bills to the floor for a vote. Though they were unsuccessful, the Democrats have repeatedly vowed to press on with their fight.

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