Trump narrows down approach to gun laws

Trump narrows down approach to gun laws

"A gun-free zone to a maniac - because they're all cowards - a gun-free zone is, let's go in and let's attack, because bullets aren't coming back at us, " Trump said during a February 22 listening session at the White House with teachers, students, and parents.

Mr. Trump has held several meetings in the wake of the shootings, including visiting with the wounded at a hospital and with victims' families and survivors at the White House.

The administrations proposals follow some of the principles signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week that would increase new mental health programs for schools and would allow school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they take law enforcement training.

The plan does not address a number of issues supported by gun control advocates, including a ban on bump stocks or raising the minimum age required to purchase a rifle to 21.

"And yet, these other weapons that we talk about". "We're going to work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18".

White House spokesman Raj Shah had said earlier Sunday that "the president has been clear that he does support raising the age to 21".

But an official says the Trump plan will not include a call on states to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons, as Trump has previously advocated.

The NRA remained firm, and filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the legality of Florida's newly passed age restrictions on buying rifles and other long guns.

Instead, the issue will be one of a list of topics to be studied by the DeVos commission, which will then provide recommendations to the president.

"We can't just keep setting up blue ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband, and they meet and they have a meal and they talk", Trump told a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

"There are not going to be one-size-fits-all approaches and solutions, and I think that that is a very cogent argument for having a commission, " said a senior administration official, who would only answer questions from reporters on the condition of anonymity.

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As part of that plan, the White House has directed the Justice Department to help states partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council.

The Trump administration has proposed "rigorous" firearms training for teachers, partly funded by federal grants.

Trump has said he believes armed teachers would deter school shootings and better protect students when they happen.

When reached by the Times, the Post and Reuters, the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a spokesperson for the law firm also could not be reached immediately for comment.

The administration also is urging all states to pass risk protection orders, as Florida recently did, allowing law enforcement officers to remove firearms from individuals who are considered a threat to themselves or others and to prevent them from purchasing new guns, Bremberg said. The bureau has been criticized for not following up on warnings about the suspect in the Parkland school shooting.

"Take the guns first, go through due process second", Trump said.

The White House has repeatedly pushed back the date for delivering its formal recommendations.

Introduced after a man who had been court-martialed from the Air Force killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, last fall, the measure would encourage agencies and states to record more criminal convictions in the FBI's National Crime Information Center database, which is used by the National Instant Check System to flag prohibited purchases of firearms.

Lastly, the administration wants to better integrate mental health, primary care and family services programs, and the president has ordered a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line, he said.

The White House also supports a second bill, the STOP School Violence measure, that would create a federal grant program to train students, teachers and school officials how to identify signs of potential violence and intervene early.

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