WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 16-hour sit-in at the nation's capital has ended, but Democrats including Hawaii's congressional delegation are not giving up their push for gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
The House adjourned around 3:15 a.m. EDT without taking a vote on strengthening background checks.
The rare and rebellious protest marks a chaotic and unprecedented showdown on the floor of the U.S. House.
Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard was part of the sit-in. She said she got to the floor as quickly as she could to stand, or sit, with her colleagues calling for a vote.
"It's outrageous that for me as long as I've been in Congress, we haven't had a single vote on gun control legislation," Gabbard said.
Gabbard said there were well over 100 members on floor for the rare and rebellious protest. She also said most democratic Senators, if not all of them, had stopped by to show their support.
"We're going to be here as long as it takes," she said.
"The American people deserve a vote, and as representatives of the people in our district, we're going to be here pushing and calling for and demanding for that vote to take place."
Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz posted a photo to his Facebook page saying, "Headed to the House floor to join my colleagues in demanding the GOP take action on guns. #NoBillNoBreak."
Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono wrote a letter saying, "To our friends in the House, we're standing (sitting) in solidarity with you. No vote, no break!" She even hand-delivered some island snacks to the floor.
Congresswoman Gabbard says she'll be introducing legislation soon on getting guns out of the hands of terrorists and hopes it will garner bipartisan support.
"We need to make sure that anyone trying to purchase a gun simply goes through a background check to make sure we're preventing criminals and terrorists from purchasing guns," Gabbard said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan called the sit-in a publicity stunt. They have recessed until July 5th. Democrats vow they will be back and not give up the fight.