Guns in Ind. Schools Likely to be Optional

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lawmakers are likely to scale back controversial legislation Tuesday that would have made Indiana the first state in the nation to require every public school to have an armed staff member or security guard.

House Ways and Means Republican Chairman Tim Brown said there's growing consensus among Democrats and Republicans to make the move an option rather than a requirement. He said many lawmakers believe security decisions should be left to individual school districts.

Brown's committee took public testimony on the bill Monday morning, with several people and organizations raising concerns about the mandate. A committee vote on the legislation is expected Tuesday.

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