Sunday, September 29, 2013
Ind. Law - "A new tack on school gun laws: Stand your schoolhouse ground?"
From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette "Furthermore..." column on Saturday, this item:
Stand your schoolhouse ground? That’s the idea an Indiana lawmaker floated this week. Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, told the Times of Munster that he might support extending the state’s castle doctrine to schools. The law gives legal protection to a person who uses deadly force to prevent an attack in their own home.
Mahan said he doesn’t want to require schools to have armed personnel in each building but would consider changing the law to protect someone who did use a firearm in a school attack.
“Let’s look at the possibility of rather than this person going and retreating into a bathroom and allowing someone to barge down the hallways and start shooting, maybe it is possible we could add that to the castle doctrine to give them the ability to possibly take action to stop any kind of intrusion like that,” said Mahan, who served two years as Blackford County sheriff.
Of course, the sad history of school attacks hasn’t revealed any evidence of armed teachers or staff hiding in a bathroom for fear of prosecution if they stop an attacker. On the contrary, the stories have been of heroic efforts to protect students without regard for the personal safety of the teacher or administrator.
The castle doctrine proposal was offered to the School Safety Study Committee by Guy Relford, a Carmel gun-rights attorney whose practice focuses on the Second Amendment and Indiana gun laws.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 29, 2013 01:00 PM
Posted to Indiana Law