House to Vote on Gun Measure Next Week

Democrats threaten another sit in

Paul Ryan
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June 30, 2016

House Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is planning to schedule a vote on a watchlist-based gun ban bill.

Sources on a party conference call told the Hill that Ryan informed rank and file Republican house members that there would be a vote next week on a bill which would target the ability of those on certain government watchlists to purchase firearms.

The sources said the plan the House will vote on will mirror the legislation put forth in the Senate by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and backed by the National Rifle Association. Democrats opposed that legislation as ineffective since they require that the government prove those on the watchlists have committed a crime before stripping them of their gun rights.

"House Democrats will keep up our efforts to push for the majority to allow a vote on gun violence legislation, but bringing up a bill authored by the NRA just isn’t going to cut it," Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), told the paper.

The vote comes after Democrats spent a day sitting on the floor of the House of Representatives in violation of house rules as a protest for a vote on their preferred gun control legislation. Democrats have threatened another sit in until they get a vote on their preferred legislation.

There is no word on when exactly the vote will take place.