Hamilton County students bring opinions on gun laws to Governor Haslam's office
Hamilton County students began their spring break as activists, Monday.
Chrischhna Smith is in eighth grade at Normal Park.
"We are students and what we say matters," she said. "We want to voice that."
A group traveled to Nashville to bring Governor Bill Haslam’s staff their opinions on several pieces of gun legislation.
The students say the Parkland shooting motivated them to do it. The governor's office says this is the first time a group of students has come to talk to them about this topic.
They also delivered letters from other Chattanoogans.
Smith says, "We think going there specifically and delivering them face to face and talking to them will have a bigger impact."
The group says it wants elected officials to know how they feel about issues like arming teachers and funding the CDC.
Events planned by other students like the Walk out last month and the March for Our Lives pushed Allen Liu to spend his spring break advocating for his cause.
"I very much felt compelled to become a part of them," he said.
Students told a member of Governor Haslam's staff what they are asking for, including a ban of assault rifles and high capacity magazines.
Afterwards, they moved into the legislative halls, stopping to talk to any representative's staff that would listen.
While Parkland students' action inspires him, Liu wants to set an example for students who come behind him.
"At some point, I came to the realization that my voice can make an impact on the legislative and executive process," he said.
The same group of students says it met with staff from Senator Corker's office within the last two weeks.