Democrats want gun votes, leave options open if GOP says no


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats want Republicans to allow House votes on Democratic-backed gun control bills, and they haven’t ruled out a return to disruptive tactics if they’re rebuffed.

A Democratic aide said that in a conference call Friday, House Democrats widely agreed to oppose a Republican proposal for gun curbs they feel is too weak.

It would let the government block firearms purchases for suspected terrorists, but only if prosecutors can prove the buyer is involved in terrorism.

Instead, they want to meet with Speaker Paul Ryan to seek votes on two other measures. One would expand background check requirements for gun buyers, the other would ban firearms sales to terror suspects.

Last week, Democrats held an overnight sit-in on the House floor to demand gun curb votes.

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