Indiana Governor Pence against school guns mandate

Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence wants to leave it up to local school officials to decide a key issue about school security rather than being required to have an employee armed with a loaded gun during school hours.

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

Pence said Thursday that improving school security is a high priority and he supports increasing funding and training for such efforts.

Supporters of the requirement say it would lessen the vulnerability of schools to violent attacks.

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long also said Thursday that schools shouldn't face a mandate to have armed personnel.

Some school districts in Indiana have already taken steps towards posting armed officers in schools, including Terre Haute.

The sponsor says work on the bill had already started before the December elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 students and six educators dead.

After Newtown, school districts throughout Indiana conducted reviews of security procedures.

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