"He backed off his openness toward an assault weapons ban, support for expanded background checks, barring those who exhibit "red flags" from buying guns and raising the age to buy an assault weapons to 21". The press secretary tried to dodge it with a bit of trickery, claiming that while Trump may not be endorsing an AR-15 minimum purchase age increase, he could still end up doing so it a new federal commission determines it's a good idea.
On Sunday, March 11, the Trump administration unveiled broad proposals to address school safety in response to the February 14 Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who wrote the school safety bill, tweeting he was "grateful" for the White House backing and calling the measure "the best first step we can take" to make students safer. They're people, too. They have lives. She described the plan as "pragmatic".
Gun control advocates remain determined to maintain the pressure on lawmakers. Last month, he told reporters at an event in NY that he would be skipping the White House visit not because of anything Trump did or said but because he was disappointed in the US government's response to Hurricane Maria, which ravaged Beltran's home territory of Puerto Rico past year.
"'Mr. President, you need to be clear, though, ' McCarthy said".
Trump was moved by the Florida school shooting and convened a series of listening sessions in the weeks after the massacre. "It doesn't make sense that I have to wait until I'm 21 to get a handgun, but I can get this weapon at 18". These orders would allow law enforcement to confiscate firearms or other weapons from risky individuals after due process.
In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Trump initially pushed for the age requirement to be pushed from 18 to 21.
Sanders said "the door isn't closed" on a White House push for raising the age of gun purchases to 21 at the federal level, even as the White House kicked consideration of the issue to a commission to be led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY described it as "tiny baby steps designed not to upset the NRA when the gun violence epidemic in this country demands that giant steps be taken".
On this issue, a commission's okay?
One day before the federal commission was announced, the president seemingly mocked the idea of them during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
"He is much taller than I thought", Trump said, directly addressing the 5-foot-6 second baseman and turning to shake his hand. "I think, you know, if they do that, they ought to be able to buy a hunting rifle", said Sen.
In addition to setting up DeVos' commission, the White House is backing a bill created to improve the federal background check system now used for gun store purchases, and supports a separate piece of legislation to authorize grants for violence prevention training in schools. The White House did not immediately say how much money would be made available.
The White House is also calling for an audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line. A similar proposal, which expanded the number of armed officers in schools, was implemented by the Obama administration in the months following the mass shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn. Referred to as "gun violence restraining orders" and "red-flag laws", law enforcement or immediate families are able to petition for these orders, depending on how the specific state law is written.