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UPDATE: Democrats end 25-hour plus protest to demand House gun votes


UPDATE: House Democrats have ended their 25 1/2-hour sit-in on the chamber's floor that they've been staging to demand votes on gun control.

With just a few interruptions, Democrats commanded the House floor since 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The protest was broadcast live to the world over social media.

There are no indications that Republicans -- who control the House -- have met the Democrats' demands.

Democrats wanted votes on bills strengthening background checks and barring firearms sales to people on the government's no-fly list.

Still, Democrats are declaring victory anyway.

One of the protest leaders, civil rights veteran and Georgia lawmaker John Lewis of Georgia, says: "We are going to win this struggle."


10:10 p.m.

Democrats chanted and shouted over Speaker Paul Ryan as he gaveled the House into session and tried to bring order.

Ryan pounded the gavel several times, but Democrats were relentless in their chanting. Ryan called a vote.

As Ryan left the podium, Democrats booed and some shouted, "Shame, shame."

The extraordinary unrest continued throughout the vote on labor legislation. Democrats want a vote on gun control.


10 p.m.

House Democrats are chanting "no bill, no break!" as the Republicans move toward a vote on labor legislation.

After more than 10 hours of a sit-in on the floor, Democrats are holding photos of gun victims and papers with their names. Democrats want a vote on gun control legislation before lawmakers' weeklong break next week.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House won't vote on gun control legislation. He called the Democrats' action Wednesday a publicity stunt and says Congress won't do anything that could undermine the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms.

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