Dems resume gun push as House returns
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Democrats tried to pick up where they left off as the House came into session Tuesday for the first time since their sit-in to push for gun control legislation.

At least for now, Democrats aren’t forcing the same level of disruption caused by their nearly 26-hour demonstration two weeks ago that led GOP leaders to adjourn the House early for the Independence Day recess.

Eleven Democrats delivered floor speeches as the House came into session calling for more stringent measures to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns than the bill slated for a vote in the House this week.


A provision in the House GOP’s legislative package meant to offer counterterrorism reforms in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting would allow the Justice Department to prevent a gun sale to a terror suspect if it obtains a court order within three days. 

Democrats warned the proposal, which failed along party lines in the Senate last month, didn’t go far enough given the limited time frame to block the gun purchase. 

“Make no mistake: This legislation falls far short of a good faith effort to save lives,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.).

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) plan to meet with the House sergeant-at-arms later Tuesday to discuss Democrats’ potential rules violations during the sit-in. 

Ryan is also slated to meet with two of the sit-in’s leaders, Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and John Larson (D-Conn.).

As the Democrats began their floor speeches, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) delivered one of his own to blast the sit-in as "disgraceful" and "childish." He warned that allowing a minority of lawmakers to effectively shut down legislative proceedings would undermine the House's ability to conduct its work.

"Serious damage was done that day to our orderly process of government, and it cannot go unchallenged. Doing so would establish a dangerous and corrosive precedent antithetical to everything which this institution and our country stand for," McClintock said.

Democrats are pushing for votes on two amendments to the counterterrorism package: a measure to expand background checks to internet sales and gun shows, and another to prevent gun sales to people on the government’s terrorist watchlists. Similar proposals also failed in the Senate last month.

“It is our goal and our hope that the Speaker will provide an opportunity for the minority party to have its two votes taken up in this Congress,” Larson said. 

It's unclear what Democrats might do if neither of the amendments they've requested is allowed a vote this week. A decision on their next steps will likely come after the result of the meeting between Ryan, Lewis and Larson.

Scott Wong contributed.