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House Democrats hold gun control sit-in

Posted at 11:41 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 23:41:29-04

It’s a move to protest a lack of action.

Spearheaded by Rep. John Lewis (GA) nearly 60 members of the House have staged a sit-in.

Sitting cross legged on the floor, legislators are pushing for gun control votes just days after the Senate failed to pass four gun control measures - including universal background checks and banning individuals on the terror watch list, no-fly lists from buying guns.

Now, New York law makers have joined in the fight.

Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer shared tweets expressing his support of the sit-in and demanding action on gun legislation.

In Western New York, just over a week after one of the deadliest mass shootings in mass history, local homeland security expert Steve MacMartin acknowledges that politicians need to take steps to address who can access guns.

“If legislators want to focus in on an issue, the issue is whether someone on the terror watch or the no fly list should have the capability to get a gun,” MacMartin told 7 Eyewitness News.

MacMartin says if an individual meets the criteria to land themselves on a no fly list stricter guidelines should be in place to prevent them from accessing guns.

“A lone wolf terrorist is going to get their hands on a fire arm anyway.”

“You can reduce or restrict the risk. . . the possibility by adding them to a no buy list if they have to be on the no fly list or the terror watch list.”

Back in the nation’s capital -- despite House speaker Paul Ryan placing the house in recess and calling the act a publicity stunt frustrated democrat’s charge on hoping to keep the house in session and vote for gun control legislation.