The Indiana senate has passed Senate Bill 263, which will now go to the House. While we support teachers being trained, this bill is the big government alternative to the bill proposed by Representative Jim Lucas. Unfortunately, the bill proposed by Rep. Lucas is not going to pass this legislative session. His bill provided training standards and funding for teachers to be trained, but it left the ultimate authority with the school boards. SB 263, as Guy Relford notes
, creates a mandatory training program dictated by the State and eliminates local school board discretion as to who may or may not carry a firearm on school property based on the specific training they have received. It also arguably creates a monopoly in teacher training for a small group of instructors.
Once again, we support training for any school staff member who is authorized to carry a gun on school property, but SB 263 is a heavy-handed, big government response to the issue, and we oppose SB 263 in it’s current form.