Prayer vigils, marches, and swearing-in ceremonies: Day one of the 2023 special legislative session – Tennessee Lookout

A long-awaited special legislative session to address public and gun safety issues began Monday with Tennessee’s Republican leadership limiting access to the Capitol and input from lawmakers and the public.

Tennesseans began filling the streets around the Capitol and the Legislative Plaza hours before House Speaker Cameron Sexton gaveled the session into order at 4 p.m.

A group organized by the Southern Christian Coalition held a prayer session outside the Capitol as participants made a human chain around the building, while members of the far-right hate group, The Proud Boys, converged on the area.