Tennessee GOP file to expel 3 Democrats who led gun reform chants

Xavier Roger


Tennessee House Republicans on Monday filed resolutions to expel three Democrats for “disorderly behavior” after the trio led protest chants for gun reform on the floor of the chamber last week in the wake of the deadly Covenant School shooting.

The official expulsion resolutions state the trio “did knowingly and intentionally bring disorder and dishonor to the House of Representatives through their individual and collective actions.”

Lawmakers have not yet voted for expulsion. Once the House votes on the resolution, it is expected to trigger an expulsion process that would give the trio a chance to defend themselves at another floor session before a final expulsion vote.

Rep. Justin Jones D- Nashville, walks down to the steps from the rotunda during a protest for gun reform laws at the Capitol Building in Nashville , Tenn., Monday, April 3, 2023.


Still, the resolutions were approved by a majority of the Republican caucus, which holds a supermajority in the General Assembly. Democrats will have little power to block expulsions if House Republicans move forward with a vote.

House Republican Caucus Chairman Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, referred to Rep. Justin Jones, D-Nashville, as the “former representative” from Davidson County on Monday night.


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