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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

Rep. Johnson Joins No Bill, No Break Sit-In to Demand A Vote on Gun Violence

June 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of the horrific act of hate and terror in Orlando last week, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today joined House Democrats’ sit-in on the House Floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on bipartisan legislation to address gun violence.

“This is a moment of truth. Congress cannot hold another moment of silence for victims of gun violence – and we cannot leave Washington, D.C. – without taking action to prevent the next tragedy,” said Rep. Johnson. “Our sit-in represents a simple appeal to Speaker Ryan and House Republicans: let the People’s House vote on commonsense gun violence prevention legislation that is overwhelmingly supported by the American people.” 

House Democrats are calling on Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to allow an immediate vote on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention legislation to help keep guns out of dangerous hands, with two bills:

• The bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to expand and strengthen our background checks system;

• The bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. 

House Republicans have voted 13 times to block consideration of the bipartisan ‘No Fly, No Buy’ legislation.  

“The Republican House is now rushing toward yet another week away from Washington – without giving the American people a vote to confront the gun violence epidemic,” continued Rep. Johnson.

“I am proud to join my fellow House Democrats on the floor to demand that Republicans end their indefensible obstruction of commonsense gun legislation,” concluded Rep. Johnson.  “We will not rest until Congress shows the courage to act to strengthen background checks and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and suspected terrorists. No Bill, No Break.”

Photo caption: From left: Reps. Grace Meng (D-NY), John Lewis (D-GA), David Cicilline (D-RI) and Hank Johnson (D-GA).