Indiana lawmakers want staff to carry guns in Statehouse

An Indiana House committee has expressed support for a bill that would authorize employees to carry guns inside the Indiana Statehouse.

Many lawmakers spoke favorably of Senate Bill 43 at a committee hearing on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

The legislation would apply to employees of the Indiana House, Senate, and Legislative Services Agency. All those who carry firearms in the Statehouse would have to possess valid handgun permits.

Sen. Jim Tomes, the bill’s sponsor, said lawmakers and their staff should have the means to protect themselves when working nights, as armed police are not there at late hours.

Opposing Democrats expressed concerns that the measure could cause trouble if people leave guns unattended in the Statehouse.

The bill is expected to be voted on next week.