Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) is among a group of Democrats conducting a gun legislation sit-in in the United States House of Representatives today, Wednesday, June 22.
Rep. Kelly, who represents Homewood and Flossmoor in Congress, has been campaigning for strong gun safety measures and restrictions on gun sales since she was first elected to the House in 2013.
Kelly signed a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan demanding that he keep the House in session through its planned recess to debate and vote on gun violence legislation.
Specifically, the group is pushing for a vote on expanded background checks and legislation preventing gun sales to suspected terrorists.
This latest attempt at passing legislation aimed at limiting gun sales comes after the nation’s worst mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., in which a single gunman killed 49 people.
“We represent families who are worried and frustrated – millions of Americans who are fed up with the inaction in Congress,” the letter from Democrats to Ryan states. “There is no doubt that our path to solutions will be arduous, but we have to agree that inaction can no longer be a choice that this Congress makes.”
The United States Senate on Monday voted down four gun control proposals.