Special Session Draws Anti-Gun Activists To Tennessee Capitol

Aug 23, 2023 | Political News

The Special Legislative Session called by Governor Bill Lee was not the only thing happening in Nashville on Monday as the city was abuzz with activity.

As the General Assembly prepared to begin considering legislation surrounding school safety and mental health resources, a number of anti-gun activists took to the Capitol in an attempt to push for stronger gun reform.

The morning began at 8:30 a.m. with the Southern Christian Coalition meeting in Legislative Plaza. A number of area ministers were on hand to lead the group in singing and prayer. Leaders included Reverend Ingrid McIntyre of Glencliff United Methodist Church, Chaplain Dahron Johnson of the United Church of Christ, and Reverend Francisco Garcia of St. Augustine Chapel.

At 9:00 a.m., House Minority Leader Karen Camper (D-Memphis-District 87) hosted Coffee and Conversation in the Gulf Crossing Office Building, and at 10:00 a.m. a group of doctors delivered a petition signed by over 1,100 physicians to the Cordell Hull State Office Building. The petition was a plea for legislators to enhance gun safety regulations.