U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross took a seat Wednesday — on the floor of the Capitol.

The Camden Democrat joined a congressional sit-in to demand a vote on gun-control legislation, including a ban on the sale of firearms to people on the no-fly list.

"Let's deny guns to those terrorists and would-be terrorists and dangerous individuals," Norcross told an audience of a few dozen Democrats, most of them sitting before him.

"It's common sense," he said. "No fly, no buy."

 

The protest was the second high-profile attempt by Democrats to promote gun-control measures after the nation's worst mass shooting, a June 12 attack that took 49 lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., conducted an almost-15-hour filibuster last week with assistance from Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

"Those bullets don't know whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, from a red state or a blue state," said Norcross, who called on the GOP congressional leadership to hold a vote on "common sense gun safety measures."

"I think they have their priorities wrong," he said of his Republican counterparts. "I think they need to deny terrorists the opportunity to buy guns."

Norcross announced his part in the protest in an email to supporters around 3:20 p.m.

"We need you to add your voice to those on the House floor and let them know we will not back down," he said.

Republican leaders of Congress adjourned the day's session in the face of the protest. With the chamber's TV feed cut off, speeches by Norcross and others were broadcast nationwide by C-SPAN using the Facebook Live connection of a Texas congressman.

The protest drew an enthusiastic response from South Jersey Democrats and others.

"Our congressman is causing some #goodtrouble in Washington right now," tweeted Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, a Camden Democrat. "Keep fighting the good fight."

"Thank you," tweeted the Anti-Defamation League of New Jersey.

The protesters vowed to block a recess set to begin at the end of this week if a vote is not held on the gun-control measures.

"We'll be here till we have the bill," vowed Norcross.

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