Proposed Law Could Require Armed Protection Officers in All Indiana Public Schools

Legislation under consideration in Indiana would require all public and charter schools to have a trained, armed “school protection officer” on the school’s premises during regular school hours. If adopted, the legislation (Ind. S.B. 1, as amended, Apr. 2, 2013) would be the first in the nation to require armed employees in schools. The proposed legislation does not apply to private schools.

The proposal requires a school protection officer to carry a weapon at all times on school premises during regular school hours. The proposed legislation defines “weapon” as a “loaded firearm” and specifically excludes from that definition tasers, electric stun guns and any other device designed to temporarily incapacitate a person.

School protection officers could include school administrators, teachers, staff, police officers or security guards who have received specific, mandated training.

The bill passed in the Indiana House’s Committee on Education and has been referred to the Committee on Way and Means. If enacted, the proposed legislation would take effect on January 1, 2014.

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