Indiana bill would allow guns in cars at schools

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Teachers, parents, visitors and some older students would be allowed to take guns to school parking lots under an Indiana lawmaker's proposal.

A bill by Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas would let licensed gun owners have firearms on school property if they leave them locked and out of sight in their vehicles.

"I want to decriminalize self-defense," said Lucas, who also is sponsoring legislation this year to stop state universities from banning guns on campuses — a perennial but so-far unsuccessful effort in the Indiana General Assembly.

Last session, spurred by the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Lucas wanted to require an armed employee in every public or charter school, an effort that failed. A shooting incident that left one person dead at Purdue University on Tuesday also could have a bearing on the continuing debate on guns at schools.

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