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

Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016

Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016 in the House of Representatives, demanding that the Republican-led body vote on gun-control legislation following the Orlando nightclub massacre. It lasted 25 1/2 hours. Photo Credit: Getty Images / CSPAN

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.

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.

Still, Democrats are declaring victory anyway.

One of the protest leaders, civil rights veteran and Georgia lawmaker John Lewis of Georgia, says: "We are going to win this struggle."

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