Among those present were parents with their children and members of the community demonstrating following the Covenant School shooting, which resulted in the deaths of six individuals, including three children.
"We’re here because we still believe that we can make change. We can. It’s a tough state, I get it,” said organizer Maryam Abolfazli, to local news outlet WKRN.
The Republican-majority Legislature gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to start the legislative session for the first time since the shooting. Protestors stormed the building and filled the hallways while chanting slogans.
Demonstrators took over both indoor and outdoor spaces, video shows.
The Senate chamber gallery was filled with protesters, including children holding signs with the age of the victims of the recent attack.
Some of the protestors interrupted the lawmakers with their shouts of "Children are dead!" resulting in their removal from the gallery.
Meanwhile, in the House, two Democratic lawmakers caused a temporary disruption by using a megaphone to yell, "Power to the people."
The protests followed a candlelight vigil held in Nashville the previous night, where Republican lawmakers, alongside First Lady Jill Biden, Democratic lawmakers, and musicians, including Sheryl Crow, gathered to honor the victims and advocate for stricter gun control.
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