Reps. DeGette, Perlmutter Join Democrats’ Sit In Over Gun Measures

Photo: Congress Democrats Sit On Over Guns
This photo provided by Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine shows Democrat members of Congress, including, front row, from left, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington.

U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Arvada and Diana DeGette of Denver are among Democrats who are staging a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday. They're upset that House leaders won't allow votes on some proposed gun laws.

“It shouldn’t take members of Congress holding a protest to get a vote on common sense gun violence prevention measures that are supported by the majority of the American people," Perlmutter said in a statement. "But if that’s what is needed to demand action, that’s what we will do."

One of the proposals is aimed at preventing suspected terrorists from buying guns. Another would expand background checks. The sit-in comes after the Senate failed to approve the measures earlier this week in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting.

The New York Times reports about 50 lawmakers took part in the protest, including some senators. They vow to hold up business in the House until Speaker Paul Ryan allows the votes.