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

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
In this frame grab taken from AP video Georgia Rep. John Lewis leads more than 200 Democrats in demanding a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases.
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House Democrats have ended their 25-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."

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