INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana teachers who carry guns in schools would need to undergo annual
training under a proposal advancing in the state Legislature.
The state Senate
voted 42-7 Tuesday in favor of the bill that specifies a 40-hour training
program for teachers volunteering to be armed, followed by 16 hours of
additional training each year.
Chris Garten of Charlestown urged support for the proposal because teachers
can be armed with permission of their school districts but the state doesn’t
have any training requirements.
specifies that the training program must include 20 hours of scenario-based
training and six hours of marksmanship, along with reviews about lawful use
of force and personality screening.
School safety has
gained attention around Indiana following shootings in 2018 at a Noblesville
middle school in which a boy wounded a classmate and teacher, and at a
Richmond middle school where a boy shot out a door and at officers before
Members of the gun
control group Moms Demand Action told a Senate committee last week that they
opposed the bill as “normalizing” a high-risk strategy of arming teachers.
Mark Stoops of Bloomington said he believed the bill’s training steps were
important but that the state was encouraging what he called “well-meaning
amateurs” to end up carrying guns in schools.
The proposal now
goes to the House, which didn’t approve a similar Senate bill last year as
it faced opposition over requiring the training as an infringement on gun