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Attorney proposes addition of schools to state’s Stand Your Ground law

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CARMEL, Ind. — A proposal by a local attorney to legislators, suggesting an addition of schools to the state’s Castle Doctrine, is causing some controversy.

Guy Relford, an attorney and firearms instructor, proposed the law change during a Senate study committee hearing on school safety this week.

“I would advocate that the Castle Doctrine in Indiana should be expanded to include our schools,” Relford said.

The Castle Doctrine falls within a larger Stand Your Ground law in Indiana. It specifically allows you to legally use lethal force if a person is breaking into your home, property or occupied car.

“I think that schools ought to be afforded the same protection and the same sanctity as our homes, in terms of protecting our kids,” Relford said.

Still, not everyone is on board with the proposal. JT Coopman, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, said he worries the law would be too broad.

“Just to have anybody able to bring a firearm into the school, I just don’t think it’s a good idea,” Coopman said.

Relford, meanwhile, said it is only about broadening the law to afford school security guards or those designated by the school corporation more protection.

Legislators have not indicated any plans to introduce the law change, but have several months until the next session to mull it over.