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Indiana Senate leader opposes school guns mandate

INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana Senate has come out against a proposal that would require all public schools in the state to have an employee armed with a loaded gun.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Thursday that the state must take steps to improve school security, but that schools shouldn’t face a mandate on having armed personnel.

Indiana would become the first state in the nation to require armed school employees if the bill approved this week by a state House committee were to become law.

Supporters of the requirement say it would lessen the vulnerability of schools to violent attacks, but some education leaders have raised questions about training and funding.