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Trump's gun plan pledges training

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Sherri Watson | 12 March, 2018, 13:19

In a call with reporters Sunday evening, administration officials described the plan as a fulfilment of Trump's call for action in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month that left 17 dead. "All topics are open to being addressed on this commission", one official said.

On Friday, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott - a long-time NRA member - signed a bill into law raising the minimum age for all gun purchase from 18 to 21.

DeVos called the proposals a "pragmatic plan" to increase school safety, the Post reported.

Trump on Saturday criticized the use of blue-ribbon commissions in dealing with drug dealers, telling a crowd at a rally near Pittsburgh, "We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband, and they meet and they have a meal and they talk, talk talk talk, two hours later, then they write a report".

The administration is "working with the Department of Justice to continue and increase the amount of help" for such initiatives, the official said.

Donald Trump has backed down from making the sweeping changes to USA gun laws he mooted in the wake of the Florida school shooting last month and will instead support a modest set of fixes.

The White House on Sunday vowed to help provide "rigorous firearms training" to some schoolteachers and formally endorsed a bill to tighten the federal background checks system, but it backed off President Trump's earlier call to raise the minimum age to purchase some guns to 21 years old from 18 years old. He's also endorsing legislation to improve background checks, and urging states to pass laws temporarily keeping guns out of the hands of people judged to be risky to themselves or others.

The nation's largest teachers lobby, the National Education Association, is adamantly opposed to Trump and the NRA's controversial initiative to arm teachers.

A senior administration official added that there are already "a multitude of programs that exist across the country where school personnel are trained in conjunction with state or local law enforcement".

The White House on Sunday said it supports legislation introduced by Sen.

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. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to bolster the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by improving the flow of information into it from states and various federal agencies.

Although the school safety commission has no timetable to produce recommendations, DeVos insists it's not simply a stalling tactic.

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.

These court-issued orders allow for law enforcement officers to remove guns from people who pose a demonstrated threat, "to temporarily prevent such individuals from purchasing new firearms, all while still protecting due process rights", he said.

Trump has also backed a ban on "bump stocks", accessories that enable semi-automatic rifles to fire hundreds of rounds a minute.

But like the firearm training programs, officials were unable to explain how exactly the commission itself will enact reforms outside making recommendations to Congress, nor did they know if there was a timeline in which these changes would come to fruition.