Indiana National Guard calls on NRA for firearm training

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 21, 2015)– Indiana has enlisted the National Rifle Association to train National Guard members in the use of concealed handguns.

An Associated Press survey found that of the 14 states that have armed their guardsmen amid recent attacks on military installations in Tennessee, only Indiana enlisted the NRA’s help.

That’s raising concern among gun control advocates who think it’s inappropriate for a political group to train members of the military. It’s also led National Guard officials in other states to question why the civilian organization is needed.

Indiana’s guardsmen are controlled by Republican Gov. Mike Pence, whose office declined to comment. A Guard spokeswoman says the NRA offers expanded training that the Guard does not provide.

Supporters of the policy say it will help save the lives of guardsmen.

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