Gun training for teachers among Indiana GOP firearms bills

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana school districts would be able to seek state money to provide gun training for teachers under a bill endorsed by a legislative committee.

The bill that advanced Monday joins other Republican-backed proposals regarding firearms moving in the Legislature. Those include eliminating fees on five-year handgun licenses and providing more immunity from lawsuits to people who shot an attacker under the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law.

The new bill would let school districts apply for grants toward 40-hour training programs for teachers who volunteer to be armed during school hours. The committee deleted the bill's original proposal to repeal the state's ban on non-police officers carrying guns on school property without district permission.

Democrats have complained about the Republican-dominated Legislature not considering their proposals to tighten gun laws.

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