Trump Backtracks On Raising Minimum Age To Purchase Firearms

President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks with a veteran lawyer who represented Bill Clinton in his impeachment proceedings

President Donald Trump will push states to make it easier to seize weapons from people a court finds risky, hold federal agencies more accountable for background checks, and promote arming teachers.

It has been apparent for a while that the White House is laying a foundation for the day when it will say Trump supported a higher age restriction "in concept" (Sanders's phrase) but could not make age 21 a reality, for one reason or another.

Getting an age limit passed through Congress would be very hard.

The new law raises the gun-buying age to 21.

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors avoided the White House on a trip to Washington last month.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will be the chairwoman of the commission, and the White House announced over the weekend plans to make schools more secure, strengthen background checks, and reform mental health programs.

Teachers across the country responded to that call in late February using the hashtag #ArmMeWith, asking instead for common-sense gun control laws, better mental health services in schools, and a new secretary of education.

"Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly)", Trump tweeted.

The NRA did not return a request for comment on the president's proposals on Monday.

The administration will start working with states to provide "rigorous firearms training" to teachers and other school personnel who volunteer to be armed, said Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. "But that doesn't mean that he has wiped away some of those other things that we're still looking at how best we can move forward on". The weapon modification, which can be used to increase the firing rate of certain guns, effectively turning them into automatic weapons, were used in the Las Vegas shooting last October that killed 58 people.

White House visits by championship sports teams are usually highly anticipated, but have become politically fraught in the age of Trump.

Unlicensed sales, such as those at gun shows, are federally allowed at any age for rifles and shotguns, and 18 for handguns, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

When asked if her commission would also look at raising the age limit on guns, DeVos said the group would look at it, but was noncommittal about what may emerge.

Trump backs legislation aimed at providing more data for the background check system: a database of people who are not legally allowed to buy guns.

The Astros suited up Monday, not in the field, but at the White House.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the NEA, the teachers lobby, said last month that "bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence".

President Donald Trump recognized the Houston Astros on Monday for their first World Series win, an "incredible victory" that Trump said was even more special following the devastation Hurricane Harvey wrought on the Texas city.

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