Indiana Senate Advances Bill to Train Teachers on Handgun Use


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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – A bill proposed by State Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour in the Indiana House to fund training for teachers on how to use handguns in classrooms has been passed by a Senate committee. The bill aims to give teachers the ability to defend themselves if necessary but does not require them to carry firearms in the classroom.

The proposal would use state funds to provide training for teachers who opt to keep guns in their classrooms, as Indiana law requires teachers to seek permission from their school board before carrying firearms. Democratic lawmakers expressed opposition to the measure, stating that teachers should focus on teaching rather than firearms training.

The bill’s author, Lucas, argued that teachers need to be prepared to defend themselves and their students in the event of a school shooting or other emergency situation. He emphasized that the training would be voluntary and that teachers who choose to participate would receive extensive education on firearm use and safety.

The bill will now move to the full Senate for consideration before it can become law.


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