Tennessee’s House expels first of 3 Democrats for protest

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Rep. Justin Pearson, D-Memphis, raises his fists on the floor of the House chamber to recognize his supporters before the start of the legislative session Thursday, April 6, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee Republicans are seeking to oust Pearson, and two other House Democrats for using a bullhorn to shout support for pro-gun control protesters in the House chamber. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s GOP-dominated House has expelled the first of three Democratic members who were at risk of being thrown out of the Legislature for their role in a demonstration calling for gun control following the Nashville school shooting.

The vote Thursday to oust Rep. Justin Jones was an extraordinary move the chamber has used only a handful times since the Civil War. The House was also considering ousting Reps. Gloria Johnson and Justin Pearson.

The votes come a week after the trio chanted back and forth from the chamber floor with gun control supporters who packed the gallery days six people, including three children, were fatally shot at The Covenant School.

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4/6/2023 4:23:24 PM (GMT -5:00)

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