President Donald Trump applauded the House bill, the White House said, though it falls far short of broader gun control legislation he talked about shortly after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The vote marks the first gun-related action by Congress since the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The legislation authorizes $50 million to intensify school security, pay for federal "threat assessment teams" to help school districts sort through reported threats, create an anonymous reporting system so that students and others can report threats and pay for training and technical assistance programs for law enforcement and school officials to help identify potentially violent behavior.
Deutch and U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, a Republican and former Jacksonville sheriff, introduced the legislation 15 days before the Stoneman Douglas shooting.
One of those bills, H.675, passed the House on March 2, the crossover deadline when most bills have to come out of committee in order to be taken up by the other chamber.
Meanwhile House Substitute 1 for House Bill 330 sponsored by House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf would change the legal age to buy a gun from 18 to 21.
The White House said in a statement Wednesday that Trump's top priority is to keep the American people safe from those who wish to do them harm or to inflict terror upon them.
As students across the country walked out of classrooms on Wednesday to protest gun violence, Democrats who control the Illinois Senate continued to push firearm restrictions, including bills to limit assault weapon purchases.
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The grants are also available for "training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students".
"When so many students knew this was going to happen, I think the thing that irritates people the most is that something wasn't done to stop it before it did happen", Scalise said Wednesday after the vote. "This bill will give communities the tools they need to stop school violence through early intervention". In our schools, training students, faculty, and local law enforcement to recognize and address threats before they escalate is a key element in fostering a safe school environment. In Washington, global advocacy group Avaaz placed 7,000 pairs of shoes on the Capitol lawn to represent gun violence victims since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
"The FBI could have and should have done more to investigate the information it was provided prior to the shooting", Acting Deputy Director David Bowdich said.
Bowdich says the tips occurred on September 25, 2017 and on January 5.
Some Republican lawmakers have expressed concern about the constitutionality of the bill, noting it would require people who already legally own bump stocks to surrender them to the government without compensation.
Left for another day is Democrats' attempt to override Rauner's veto of a new licensing and regulatory system for gun shops.