Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 11, 2013

Indiana House set to take up school guns proposal


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal calling for all of Indiana's public and charter schools to consider having gun-carrying employees at their schools could be facing more debate in the Legislature.

The Indiana House is scheduled to consider possible amendments to the bill on Thursday ahead of a Monday deadline to vote on approval of the legislation.

A House committee this week dropped provisions that would have mandated all schools have an armed employee on hand. The current bill would still authorize employees such as teachers or principals to carry guns and require local school boards that don't want armed civilians to renew that decision each year.

Supporters of having armed personnel say it would lessen the vulnerability of schools to violent attacks such as the December elementary school shooting in Connecticut.