Formerly Expelled TN Democrats Lead Another State Capitol Takeover

Gun protest at Tennessee capitol
  • Tennessee state Representatives Justin Pearson and Justin Jones, both Democrats, have led yet another takeover of the state Capitol in Nashville less than two weeks after they were expelled from the state House for instigating a previous mob takeover. They were both subsequently reinstated.
  • On Monday, Pearson and Jones joined dozens of protesters, many of whom appeared to be clergy members, to demand more gun control legislation in the wake of the shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville on March 27.
  • The House was set to vote on a measure that would allow some teachers to have access to firearms in the classroom, but the bill has been pulled from the calendar. With the state Senate Judiciary Committee already adjourned for the session, the legislature is unlikely to vote on the measure before the summer.