White House says Trump still eyeing age restrictions on some guns

Casey Dawson
March 13, 2018

He met the NRA privately at the White House twice last month as he considered his response to the Florida school shooting, which left 17 people dead. They include training teachers to carry guns in schools, a fiercely controversial idea already in place in some states. "Armed guards OK, deterrent!" He told The Wall Street Journal that the bank "actually makes money" and endorsed the idea it helps USA companies that have to compete with foreign rivals that receive subsidies from their governments - arguments that supporters of the Export-Import Bank of the United States have made for years. "Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly)".

The White House plan also calls for stronger background checks and improved mental health systems, but notably missing is a call to raise the minimum age to buy semi-automatic weapons from 18 to 21, something President Trump previously supported.

She made the case that Trump was focusing on proposals that had the most support, while continuing to push for other measures. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

"Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House", he tweeted.

The president had said he favored such a step ever since the Parkland school massacre: Indeed, he even chided Republican lawmakers during a televised White House meeting for being "afraid of the NRA". Orrin Hatch, a Republican from Utah. The bureau has been criticized for not following up on warnings about the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. Trump will back two modest pieces of legislation, and the administration pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers.

Montana's Sen. Steve Daines was among the GOP lawmakers who reached out to the administration with worries about what was said, conveying his concerns to the White House's legislative staff. John Cornyn, Rep. Kevin Brady, and Sen.

In the face of such criticism, Trump defended his plan in a series of tweets Monday morning.

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Support for Trump's plan varied.

"These proposals could be done right now".

"The point is that schools should have this tool if they choose to use the tool", Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on NBC's "Today" show. "We can take action and prevent violence and protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans at the same time", he added.

His words rattled some Republicans in Congress and sparked hope among some gun control advocates that, unlike after so many previous mass shootings, meaningful regulations would be enacted. And yet, these other weapons that we talk about ... they're allowed to buy them at 18. She also panned Trump's political allegiance to the NRA as well as his appointing DeVos to chair the panel to examine school safety plans. They headed for the airport afterward.

Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg says the laws need to be changed now.

The plan was immediately panned by gun control advocates, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "And as the representatives of baseball and the World Series champs, when the White House calls and invites you to come up, it's something that as an organization we felt both a responsibility and an obligation to be part of". Instead, it directs the Justice Department "to provide technical assistance" to states interested in implementing extreme risk protection orders under which courts would have to approve the removal of guns from someone the state considers a safety risk.

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