Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) applauds supporters of House Democrats taking part in a sit-in on the House Chamber outside the U.S. Capitol on June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. Pete Marovich/Getty Images/AFP
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U.S. Democrats Thursday pressed on with a nearly day old sit-in as they vowed to continue pushing for gun safety legislation in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.Ryan, who dismissed the protest as a "publicity stunt," refused to allow votes on two bills demanded by Democrats: one to expand background checks and another that prevents people on terror watch lists and no-fly lists from buying guns.Fifteen hours after the sit-in began, Ryan adjourned the House for two weeks in response to the protest and Republicans began leaving the building for their Fourth of July recess.Representative Katherine Clark told the Boston Globe she expected the protest to continue at least until around midday Thursday – which would mean it went on for 24 hours – when Democrats plan to break for a strategy meeting on how to keep the issue alive through the recess.U.S. lawmakers, mainly Democrats, have introduced several bills in recent years aimed at reducing gun violence, including legislation to expand background checks, but none have passed Congress.
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