Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Trump to propose arming school staff, raising gun purchase age

Trump to propose arming school staff, raising gun purchase age

A mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last month has renewed a USA debate over gun control. 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.

Trump had embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe.

The idea, which was panned by Democrats and teachers' unions, but is popular with gun advocates, is expected to be included in the plan.

Late last month Trump had seemed to support tougher measures, including "very strong" background checks and raising to 21 the age for buying certain guns.

But on Sunday, the White House referred to Trump's age-limit proposal as "a state-based discussion right now" and that it would be explored by a committee headed by DeVos.

The plan will include policies Trump has pushed for since the school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., including arming teachers and raising the age to buy assault rifles to 21 from 18.

The White House announced support Sunday for firearms training for some teachers to protect schools, and has apparently backed off an earlier call by Donald Trump to raise the age individuals can purchase assault-style weapons from 18 to 21, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported.

Opting for a plan the administration officials described as "pragmatic", Trump backs legislation proposed in Congress aimed at providing more data for the background check system - a database of people who are not legally allowed to buy guns.

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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.

A Republican congressman with a high ranking from the National Rifle Association, who declined to be named to avoid alienating various constituencies, said the administration's proposals are "a missed opportunity and fails to honor the victims and survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School".

The White House plans to release more details about the plan Sunday night, almost a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that would improve information in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The Times, citing four people familiar with the matter, said Trump met with lawyer Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office about joining the team as Trump and his allies continue to deal with the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

On Saturday, the Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation to ban 'bump stocks, ' a modification to high-capacity rifles that lets them fire like an automatic weapon, that would not need congressional approval. And he called for the reform and expansion of mental health programs, as well as a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line.

Trump will call on state governments to allow law enforcement officials to obtain court orders to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe, officials said.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue, as well as a long list of others topics, as part of a longer-term look at school safety and violence.

While the congressman says the recommendations for congressional actions would be "a small, positive first step", he said he believes they are "insufficient".

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