He told investigators he had used an AR-15 assault rifle, which he had bought legally, to fire into classrooms during the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on 14 February. Already in Florida, Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation raising the minimum age to buy certain firearms to 21, and already the NRA has sued to block implementation of the law.
The Department of Justice would help schools to partner state and local law enforcement authorities to provide “rigorous firearm training to qualified personnel” on a voluntary basis, said an official, as part of efforts to “harden” U.S. schools. Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to hide carry, subject to State Law.
President Trump’s proposal calling for specially trained teachers to carry guns is drawing opposition from the groups that have been organizing large pro-gun control protests at the Minnesota Legislature, including Minnesota Moms Demand Action. You can buy one, but you have to wait ’til you’re 21.
Pressed repeatedly by reporters, the White House said Monday afternoon that Mr. Trump still supports raising the purchase age, but knows he can not get that through the Congress at this time.
The shootings reignited fierce debate in the United States, and Trump stunned members of Congress during White House meetings by endorsing proposals long opposed by his fellow Republicans and accusing lawmakers of being afraid of the NRA.
The NRA-backed background check data bill, which now has a supermajority of co-sponsors, is pending in the Senate. Past research has indicated that mental illness on its own (without additional factors like substance use) is often not a predictor of violence. After Parkland, he suggested that law enforcement should be able to take guns away from people they think are safety risks without going through the courts. She doesn’t support public schools.
Immediately following the ceremony, Texas senator Ted Cruz told ESPN: “We are ensuring that those who are impacted by the three horrific storms that happened in 2017 receive the relief they need”. Activists argue the orders can help protect against mass shootings, domestic gun violence, and suicides. Gabby Giffords – slammed the new gun safety package, accusing Trump of changing his position on the sales age “after being scolded by the NRA”. The Florida state government just adopted a similar rule in its new gun legislation.
Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue as part of a package the White House announced Sunday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead.
The White House tasked a commission headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to hammer out details on the age restriction.
President Donald Trump honored the Houston Astros at the White House Monday for winning the World Series.
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”.