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Politics Trump's Gun Plan to Include Encouraging States to Allow Armed School Staff

14:40  11 march  2018
14:40  11 march  2018 Source:

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WASHINGTON—The White House is expected to release a plan on Sunday that would urge states to consider raising the age to buy certain firearms and would recommend that states allow school staffers to carry concealed weapons, according to White House officials who have been briefed on the proposal.

Responding to the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school last month, the plan would include President Donald Trump’s support for banning so-called bump stocks, which allow certain firearms to fire as rapidly as machine guns, the officials said. The U.S. Justice Department said Saturday that it has submitted a regulation to ban the devices, making them illegal to own or sell.

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The White House plan comes in the wake of last month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. Following the deaths, Mr. Trump said he wanted to make school safety the White House’s top priority. With midterm elections approaching, Republican leaders also are seeking ways to address school safety without prompting a backlash from gun owners or the National Rifle Association, the nation’s top gun lobby.

The plan would signal the president’s support for two gun-related bills being considered by Congress, the officials said. One, known as the “Fix NICS” bill, is designed to improve background checks for gun purchases, a measure that has run into hurdles in Congress. The second, known as the STOP School Violence Act, would authorize $50 million a year on school-safety improvements, including violence-prevention training for teachers and students.

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Mr. Trump’s policy also would create a task force to study gun violence and school-safety issues, and may identify federal grant money that could be used to reward states that find a way approve concealed-carry permits for school workers, the officials said. The officials cautioned that those details haven’t been finalized.

In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has made clear his belief that “gun-free zones” make schools less safe, increasing the chances that gun massacres go unanswered. Part of his response is to arm school staff members, a move that has been opposed by gun-control advocates and teachers unions.

“A gun-free zone is, ‘Let’s go in and let’s attack, because bullets aren’t coming back at us,’” Mr. Trump said at a meeting in February.

Mr. Trump has held several meetings with lawmakers, school administrators, families who have suffered from gun violence, and executives from the NRA. During the meetings, the president has signaled his interest in a range of options and scrambled the traditional political lines on an issue that has divided Americans for decades.

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During one meeting, Mr. Trump dashed conservative hopes that he would support a proposal to allow gun owners who legally carry concealed firearms in one state to carry them in the other 49 states. The measure has been a long-sought goal of the NRA and gun owners.

He also bucked Republican orthodoxy by suggesting the swift removal of guns from people who are potentially mentally ill.

Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that he thinks the age limit to buy certain guns should be 21 years old. The NRA has in the past opposed restrictions on gun purchases for people under 21.

The Justice Department said Saturday that its bump-stock ban would amend the definition of machine guns in the National Firearms and Gun Control Act to include bump-stock-type devices. The regulation must undergo review by the Office of Management and Budget before it can take effect.

“President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American, and he has directed us to propose a regulation addressing bump stocks,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Bump stocks became part of the national conversation over gun control last year, when the devices were found among the weapons used in the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people on Oct. 1.

Mr. Trump foreshadowed the bump-stock regulation at a cabinet meeting Thursday morning. “Bump stocks are just about finished, from the standpoint of getting the legal work done,” Mr. Trump said.

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