Bill to arm teachers shelved

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The bill to put guns in the hands of teachers in Indiana schools is off the table in the General Assembly. 

This story begins with a private caucus by majority Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives. They spent four hours behind closed doors before they returned to the House floor at mid-afternoon.

Then, with the potential to consider over 30 amendments to the bill that mandates armed guards in Indiana schools, just one was considered. Representative Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) offered the amendment to send the mandate to a summer study committee. 

"So that we can take the appropriate action after having time to look at it," said McMillin.

Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) backed him up. 

"When you're dealing with things that can do good and bad both," he said, "you need to weigh carefully what those unintended consequences are."

The amendment then passed on a voice vote which insures there is no record of how individual lawmakers voted.

The original bill which calls for more school resource officers, who can be armed or not based on a local decision, is still alive.

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