Trump to propose arming school staff, raising gun purchase age


"The administration will be working with states to provide rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", Bremberg said.

"Arming teachers is an absolutely abhorrent response to school shootings - opposed by law enforcement, students, and educators alike", Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, said in a statement.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA, the teachers lobby, said last month that "bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence".

The administration's proposals come after 17 people were shot and killed last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a massacre that spurred officials in Washington to re-evaluate gun laws.

While not immediately committing to any ideas or timetables, DeVos said, "No stone will be left unturned" in the effort to uncover and highlight evidence-based approaches proven to reduce violence.

"We're going to be very fair and very flexible, but we're going to be protecting the American worker", the president said.

While the congressman says the recommendations for congressional actions would be "a small, positive first step", he said he believes they are "insufficient". The commission does not have a set timeline of when it will report its findings, although an official said it would be within one year.

"The president has been clear that he does support raising the age to 21 for certain firearms", Shah said during an appearance on ABC's This Week.

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He will also not be issuing any mandates to raise the age requirement so that a person has to be 21-years-old to purchase a gun, instead leaving that decision up to the states, officials explained. The president will also be convening a task force to further study the issue.

In 'The America We Deserve' published in 2000, he said: "The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions".

The announcement of the commission comes less than a day after Trump criticized blue-ribbon committees at a rally in Pennsylvania, saying, "We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees", adding that they do nothing but "talk, talk, talk".

As part of the effort, the administration will also conduct a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line, which failed to keep the alleged Parkland shooter from acquiring guns.

The new White House plan to prevent school shootings doubles down on arming teachers but backs away from gun control measures.

The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a regulation that would make the devices illegal to own or sell, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

While Trump is also calling on states to bolster background checks, and will direct the Justice Department to "provide technical assistance" to states who ask for guidance on establishing Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), he will not be proposing any sweeping, nationwide changes to strengthen the process.

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. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by improving the flow of information into it from states and various federal agencies.