More Democratic Ballyhoo Over Guns on House Floor

Several members chant over inaction on proposal to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists

Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., is again at the center of disorder over House inaction on gun control. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats on Tuesday evening caused another kerfuffle on the House floor as they continued to push for a vote on legislation to ban people on the "no-fly" terror watch list from being able to buy a gun.

“No bill, no break,” several members chanted.

It all started after Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn of South Carolina tried to ask a parliamentary question about whether the House could vote at that moment on the “no-fly, no-buy” bill.

The Republican presiding over the floor declined to answer Clyburn’s question, saying that his inquiry did not relate to pending business before the House. 

Democrats plan to hold a press conference on Wednesday to further advance their “no bill, no break” message asking for a gun control vote before the House leaves Friday for a week-long recess.

Last week, Connecticut Democrat  Jim Himes  walked off the floor when Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced a moment of silence for the Orlando shooting victims. He was joined by fellow Democrats John Larson and Joe Courtney of Connecticut, and Peter Welch of Vermont.  

Following Ryan's moment of silence, an unidentified woman yelled, "Now do something."  Ryan tried to get back to the day's business. But then, Clyburn yelled, "Mr. Speaker!" in an attempt to be recognized.   

Other Democrats continued to yell, "No leadership" and "Where's the bill?"  

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