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US House Republicans move to thwart Democrat sit-in on guns

This video grab courtsy of C-SPAN shows a sit-in at the US House of Representatives on June 22, 2016 in Washington, DCUS Republican leaders moved to shut down a dramatic, 12-hour sit-in by Democrats who were demanding Congress vote on gun safety legislation following the Orlando nightclub massacre. In one of the most extraordinary scenes on the US House floor, Democrats took over the chamber’s proceedings for most of the day, prompting Republican Speaker Paul Ryan to gavel the House into session late at night, nearly drowned out by chants of lawmakers protesting his effort to bring the sit-in to a close. Ryan, who dismissed the protest as a “publicity stunt,” refused to allow votes on two bills demanded by Democrats: one expanding background checks to include sales at gun shows and on the Internet, and another that prevents people on the government’s no-fly list or FBI terror watchlists from buying a gun.

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