Democrats end 25-hour plus protest to demand House gun votes

This photo provided by Rep. Chillie Pingree,D-Maine, shows Democrat members of Congress, including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, and Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn. as they 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. (Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have ended their 25½-hour sit-in on the chamber’s floor that they’ve been staging to demand votes on gun control.

With just a few interruptions, Democrats commanded the House floor since 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The protest was broadcast live to the world over social media.

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There are no indications that Republicans — who control the House — have met the Democrats’ demands.

Democrats wanted votes on bills strengthening background checks and barring firearms sales to people on the government’s no-fly list.

No one answered the phone Thursday at the Muslim Cemetery of South Florida.

The FBI says Mateen opened fire in the crowded Pulse nightclub on June 12. In a 911 call from the club, he pledged solidarity with the Islamic State group. He was killed by police after a three-hour standoff.

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