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Mon Jul 4, 2016, 07:10 PM


House returns to resume a bitter fight over gun control

Source: USA Today

The House of Representatives shouted its way into recess last month with a battle over gun control that will resume this week as the chamber prepares to vote on a bill that Democrats call an empty gesture.

The fate of the legislation which would create a process to prevent people on no-fly lists from buying guns seems certain: It is going nowhere. A similar measure has already been defeated in the Senate.

What is uncertain is whether Democrats will again try to shut down the House to demand votes on other gun control proposals.

House Democrats led by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., staged a sit-in on the House floor June 22, saying they would not leave until Republicans scheduled a vote on gun control legislation. After a nearly 12-hour standoff, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., simply reconvened the House and called a vote on unrelated matters over the shouts of the Democratic protesters. Republicans ultimately voted to adjourn for the July Fourth holiday, and Democrats remained in the chamber for several hours to continue their appeal for a gun vote.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/04/house-returns-resume-bitter-fight-over-gun-control-republicans-ryan-democrats/86669656/

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