At this very moment 30 Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives are staging a sit-in.
Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, announced the sit in earlier this morning and since that point a number of his Democratic colleagues have joined him. The congressmen can be heard shouting “No bill, no break,” which is now trending on social media with the hashtag #NoBillNoBreak. Lawmakers are scheduled to take a week long break for their Independence Day celebrations, but Democrats are threatening to stop all other legislation until there is a vote on two gun control bills. One of the bills aims to broaden background checks for firearm purchases and the other proposed bill would bar individuals on the terror watchlist from buying a gun.
This sit-in comes after four control measures were shot down in the senate. Given the Republican majority in the House these bills have a very small chance of passing. This is on ongoing story and we will continue to update with new details.
You can watch a video of Rep. John Lewis’ speech below: