Indiana House passes legislation to arm and train teachers

The House of Representatives on Monday voted to support a bill by state Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, that would offer handgun training to teachers who are allowed by their school boards to carry them on school grounds.

House Bill 1253, which passed 72-25 on third reading, now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Under current law, Indiana schools have the authority to allow specific teachers or administrators to legally carry a firearm on school property. This legislation would allow school districts to apply for a Secured School Safety Grant to train teachers and school staff who carry.

LEAP Forward has graded the House vote and will continue to score opposition to this bill.