In the wake of the primary school shooting in Memphis, Tennessee, three Democratic legislators took part in a protest against gun violence. Two of them were then expelled from the House by the Republican majority, reports Malik Miah.
The United States Supreme Court struck down a state law in June that restricted the carrying of guns in public, reports Barry Sheppard. Since then, 38 states have legislated some form of "open carry" laws.
Tasmanian elections are decided by the Hare-Clark system, a method of proportional voting that means a party must secure close to half the total vote to win majority government.
It is a complex system in which a voter has a single transferable vote in one of the five electorates, each of which elect five members of parliament. The system often produces close results and minority governments. It also means seats are rarely decided on election night.