Trump backs off call for raising minimum age to buy gun

13 March, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Kim Reid
  • President Trump meeting with state and local officials to discuss school safety on Feb. 22 2018 at the White House

This week the Florida legislature signed a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in classrooms.

President Donald Trump saluted the World Series-winning Houston Astros during a White House ceremony on Monday, praising the team's character in winning last year's showpiece.

According to a survey by polling company Morning Consult taken two weeks ago, 82 percent of Americans support raising the minimum age for purchasing a gun to 21.

Seemingly on the defensive after his about-face, Trump tweeted Monday of the age limit that "States are making this decision".

Sanders did not dispute Trump's disparaging description of commissions, but told Karl, "There are a number of things that he is pushing forward that are very tangible", citing "support of specific pieces of legislation that we expect to move forward" and "administrative action like getting rid of the bump stocks that the President has been very vocal about and is going to continue to push for".

President Donald Trump's administration will step up aid to states that want to arm school employees, officials said on Sunday under a plan to increase campus safety after the killing of 17 people in Florida. The goal of the group he is forming, he told TIME in an interview Monday, is to ensure that Congress passes a gun control package by the end of the year - that both contains and builds on provisions in the bill Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law last week - while maintaining support for the Second Amendment.

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Florida last week adopted new gun regulations, triggering a federal lawsuit from the NRA to block raising the minimum age for buying long guns. He's also met and spoken with the heads of the powerful National Rifle Association. On age limits, he said: "watching court cases and rulings before acting". The measure is created to provide grants so state governments could improve school security, active shooter training, and implement related technology.

The administration also pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and reiterated its call to improve the background check and mental health systems.

After publicly stating earlier this month that the National Rifle Association had little power over him, the president tweeted Monday that the White House would support NRA-approved gun control measures, which include arming teachers and a limited expansion of background checks.

During a meeting with lawmakers, Trump advocated the bipartisan FixNICS measure, introduced by Sens.

Trump drew some Republican backing, with Sen.

Almost a month after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., President Trump responded with his first formal policy.

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"These proposals could be done right now".

Another senior administration official said that Trump "does things on the fly" in sessions like the one on guns and that they aren't real promises or formal positions.

"'Mr. President, you need to be clear, though, ' McCarthy said". She added that resources should be directed toward providing "more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors" as opposed to guns.

The NRA supports the idea of allowing armed teachers in schools.

The controversial DeVos gave an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday night to discuss elements of Trump's plan.

"His remarks at this meeting were intensely revealing precisely because they showed once again that Trump is nearly wholly devoid of core beliefs", she wrote in the National Review. DeVos has been a source of contention because of her stance on privatizing schools over of supporting public education.

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