Rep. Lowey calls on Congress for assault rifle ban

Rep. Nita Lowey was in White Plains Friday calling on Congress to pass a ban on assault rifles. Lowey, a Democrat, stood with local leaders

Rep. Nita Lowey was in White Plains Friday calling on Congress to pass a ban on assault rifles.

Rep. Nita Lowey was in White Plains Friday calling on Congress to pass a ban on assault rifles. (6/17/16)

WHITE PLAINS - Rep. Nita Lowey was in White Plains Friday calling on Congress to pass a ban on assault rifles.

Lowey, a Democrat, stood with local leaders and members of the LGBT community to push her proposal following the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.

Earlier this week, Senate Democrats filibustered for 15 hours in an attempt to force action.

Lowey is urging Congress to act on her "No Fly, No Buy" proposal that states if a person is a suspected terrorist and banned from boarding a plane, they should also be unable to buy a gun. She is also calling for universal background checks and a ban on military-style assault rifles.

The shooting in Orlando left 49 people dead, including Ramapo native Shane Tomlinson.

Gun measures are expected to be brought to the House floor on Monday.

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