WATCH: Republicans slam Dem sit-in as ‘political stunt’

Top House Republicans decried Democrats’ 26-hour sit-in on the House floor over failure to vote on gun control measures as a “political stunt.”

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), lead sponsor of the bipartisan Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, dismissed the Democrats' effort as disingenuous.


"I would have a lot more faith in what they were doing if they had made any attempt to move it when they controlled the house. Nancy Pelosi did absolutely nothing to move this bill," King told The Hill.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called the Democrats "despicable" for sending fundraising emails about the sit-in.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), a leader of the sit-in effort, said Democrats could be open to a vote on a compromise bill, possibly something similar to the Senate bipartisan compromise that passed a key test Thursday afternoon.

"I think they would settle for compromise. We haven’t whipped it, we haven’t polled the caucus, I suspect they would take up opportunity to get something done," Yarmuth said.

Watch the video above to hear the lawmakers in their own words.