Trump pushing gun reform proposals that include age limit increase on purchases


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.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says that, "far too often, the focus" after shootings has been "only on the most contentious fights, the things that have divided people and sent them into their entrenched corners".

The NRA, the powerful gun industry lobbying group that spent $30 million toward Trump's election, has expressed support for both bills but is resisting more stringent measures.

"There are not going to be one-size-fits-all approaches and solutions, and I think that that is a very cogent argument for having a commission", a White House official said during the conference call.

The Department of Justice has been asked to create programs helping schools to partner with state and local law enforcement authorities that can provide training in gun use by those who volunteer to do so.

The moves come during a national gun control debate revived by survivors of last month's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 14 students and three staff were gunned down by a man with a semi-automatic rifle.

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The administration also plans to support the transition of military veterans and retired law enforcement into new careers in education and will encourage state attorneys general to audit school districts for compliance with state emergency preparedness activities.

Mass shootings are the most high-profile type of firearms violence in the United States, which sees more than 30,000 gun-related deaths each year.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, later walked back both suggestions, saying "Universal means something different to a lot of people". John Cornyn, R-Tex., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that's created to improve the database used to check the backgrounds of would-be gun buyers. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, which intends to improve the information going into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The administration is "working with the Department of Justice to continue and increase the amount of help" for such initiatives, the official said. Such orders now are allowed in only a handful of states.

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

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Last, the administration wants to better integrate mental health, primary care and family services programs, and the president has ordered a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line, he said.

Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House's Domestic Policy Council, said the administration would call on states to approve "risk-protection orders", temporary court orders that allow law enforcement to remove guns from at-risk people - and keep them from buying new guns.

Instead, a new commission chaired by DeVos will review a dozen issues that could make schools safer, including raising the age to purchase a gun, expanding background checks and entertainment rating systems of violent entertainment.

President Trump has also proposed banning bump stocks, which allow a few models of firearms to fire more rapidly.

"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.

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