U.S. House Democrats end sit-in over gun control

Five Minnesotan members of Congress participated in the protest.

by Ryan Faircloth

A more than 24-hour sit-in by U.S. House Democrats on chamber floors ended Thursday.

The protest by Democratic legislators began around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to demand votes on gun control measures in the wake of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Minnesota Reps. Keith Ellison, Rick Nolan and Betty McCollum, as well as Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, helped hold the floor to encourage voting on gun control bills to strengthen background checks and prevent people on the government’s no-fly list from buying firearms.

During the sit-in, Ellison, D-Minnesota, spoke about recent instances of gun violence, like the shooting of Birdell Beeks, a grandmother in North Minneapolis, late last month. 

In his speech, Ellison challenged those who oppose banning people on the no-fly list from buying firearms to voice their objections.

 “If you do not like a no fly, no buy, come down here and take your vote, and you explain to your constituents why you think somebody suspected of terrorism ought to have a gun,” he said.

Democrats pledged to continue the fight for gun control when the House reconvenes on July 5.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.