President Donald Trump defended Monday his administration's newly unveiled gun and school safety proposals, specifically his walkback of support for raising the age limit for certain firearms. "States are making this decision", Trump wrote Monday, making an apparent reference to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's decision to sign a state law requiring gun buyers be 21 and imposing a three-day waiting period on most gun purchases.
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But Trump backed off that stance in recent weeks, following lobbying at the White House by officials from the NRA. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to the White House to discuss what they thought was his support for their compromise bill to protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
"We really reengaged and reemphasized the points I made to the president in that meeting: First thing we need to do to make kids safe is to make our schools safe", Daines said Monday.
"He hasn't backed away from these things at all", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a contentious back-and-forth with reporters Monday.
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Trump said on Twitter that if schools in the USA are mandated to be "gun free zones" then "violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter".
It was not clear how quickly Congress would move on the issue.
Trump appointed secretary of education Betsy Devos to chair the Federal Commission on School Safety, which will recommend policy and funding proposals for school violence prevention, including plans for funding training for armed teachers. She said the president wanted to expedite the court process, not circumvent it. He also urged states to pass laws that would allow the temporary seizure of firearms from people deemed to be unsafe to themselves or others.
On the mental health front, Trump is calling for a review of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to determine if any changes or clarifications are needed to improve coordination between mental health and other health care professionals, school officials, and law enforcement personnel. Legislation moving forward. Bump Stocks will soon be out.
Democrats and gun control advocates were quick to pounce on the president's retreat from previous demands, with Sen.
Trump's plan does not include an endorsement of a bipartisan measure written by Sens. "Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's risky retreat from his promise", said Avery Gardiner, the group's co-president. "The White House plan is a complete failure of leadership". But after meeting with NRA officials, both parties released statements saying Trump supports the Second Amendment and due process but not gun control.