UPDATED: 1:47 PM EST
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and dozens of elected Democrats are currently “occupying” the floor of the House of Representatives
Democrats said that they will not leave the House chamber until the body takes a vote on a proposal that would ban people on the no fly list from purchasing a weapon.
“We truly believe that if there was a vote, then we would win the vote,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference on the steps of the Capital.
“No fly, no buy” seems to be the rallying cry for supporters of the movement.
The Atlantic reports that at least 70 Democratic House members are participating in the protest.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) spoke to gathered reporters on the Capital steps about his personal connection to the issue of gun violence. His son was murdered with a gun.
“Only a mother could scream, that primal screen, I will never forget the primal scream of my son’s mother,” Rush said. “Shot down in cold blood on the streets of Chicago.”
The sit in started just shy of noon Wednesday.
Rep. John Larson (D-CT) gave an impassioned plea as fellows members started to sit on the floor around him.
“We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action,” Larson said. “Rise up Democrats, rise up Americans, this cannot stand.”
Soon after, the C-SPAN cameras in the House chamber were turned off.
The only video coming out of the chamber is from members themselves via the use of cell phones and other mobile devices, a violation of House rules.
According to C-SPAN, the House is scheduled to break for the Fourth of July holiday on July 1.
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