U.S. Democrats end House protest, gun control prospects dim

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers on Thursday ended a daylong protest in the U.S. House of Representatives to protest the lack of action on gun control and Congress looked unlikely to approve meaningful firearms restrictions in the wake of the Orlando, Florida, massacre. Democratic house members started a sit-in on the floor of the House on Wednesday, chanting and singing, and stayed all night to push for gun control legislation after this month's shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people. Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told Reuters that lawmakers would now go back to their home districts to try to build support for legislation.

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