Carson Participates in Sit-In Protest to Demand Action on Gun Legislation


Date: June 22, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

In the wake of the horrific act of hate and terror in Orlando last week-- the deadliest mass shooting in American history -- Rep. Andre Carson is today demanding that Speaker Ryan not recess the House without allowing a vote on gun violence prevention legislation to keep the American people safe.

"Congress must not leave Washington, D.C. without voting on commonsense gun violence prevention legislation to save lives. It's simple: No Bill, No Break," said Rep. Carson. "Mass shootings have become unacceptably commonplace in our country. Moreover, our communities are struggling to create safe environments and reduce violent crime. It is clearer than ever that we have a searing responsibility to do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands."

Rep. Carson is 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:

Enact the bipartisan King-Thompson legislation to expand and strengthen our background checks system;
Pass the bipartisan "No Fly, No Buy' bill to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists.

House Republicans have now voted 13 times to block consideration of the bipartisan "No Fly, No Buy' legislation. With House Republicans' continued obstruction, the FBI and the Attorney General are not currently allowed to prevent suspected terrorists from buying lethal firearms and explosives. The "No Fly, No Buy' bill ends this loophole -- giving the Department of Justice the ability to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of would-be terrorists. As Rep. Carson said about the "No Fly, No Buy' bill, "If you're too dangerous to fly, you're too dangerous to buy a gun."

"This is a moment of truth, and we cannot have another moment of silence without action," concluded Rep. Carson. "After yet another unspeakable act of violence, the American people are sending a clear message to Speaker Ryan and the Republican House: No Bill, No Break."