In a bid to force votes on gun control measures, four Democratic members of the U.S. House from the Chicago area have joined other lawmakers in a rare sit-in on the House floor. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin also joined them.
The House members are Reps. Robin Kelly of Matteson, Jan Schakowsky of Evanston, Danny Davis of Chicago and Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates.
The all-Democratic House group is being led by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a veteran of the civil rights movement.
Kelly joined in the group’s letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., calling for votes on expanding background checks for firearms purchases and banning the sale of guns to suspected terrorists.