Eastern NC Congressman shares his side of the House sit-in

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – After more than 24 hours of an unprecedented protest over gun violence, House Democrats ended their sit-in on Thursday afternoon.

North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC 01) was part of the call to bring legislation up for a vote. One piece of legislation aims to keep certain guns out of the hands of those on the no-fly list. Another measure would expand the background check system.

WNCT spoke with Butterfield hours before the sit-in ended.

“Democrats believe in the second amendment just like Republicans,” Butterfield told WNCT. “We just don’t want guns in the hands of those who are accused of being terrorists.”

Early Thursday morning, House leaders put the chamber into recess until after July 4.

“We opposed Republicans on their unwillingness to address gun violence and I think we’re going to see a change in attitude once the American people process this and begin to speak to their members of Congress,” Butterfield said.

Butterfield said he thinks legislation will be passed once Republicans return from recess.

“We’re not trying to take away the right of anyone to own a hunting weapon or a weapon for protection, but a high-caliber machine gun should not be possessed or owned by anyone who is a suspected terrorist,” said Butterfield.

Several state lawmakers said they want the General Assembly to step in and pass similar legislation if Congress fails to act.

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