Protest this manner, not that means: In statehouses, different guidelines prohibit public voices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shaking violently between sobs, father or mother Sarah Shoop Neumann may solely handle a whisper as state troopers escorted her out of a Tennessee legislative listening to the place she was ready to testify towards a invoice that will let academics carry weapons.

“I used to be supposed to talk. I used to be alleged to testify,” mentioned Neumann, whose son nonetheless attends an elementary college the place six folks — together with three 9-year-old youngsters — had been fatally shot this 12 months.

Moments earlier, a Republican subcommittee chairman ordered legislation enforcement to clear the general public out of the room after the group erupted into applause and others defied a brand new ban on holding indicators throughout committee proceedings. Solely after troopers cleared the room was Neumann allowed to return to testify.