Trump administration to help arm US school staff

Trump administration to help arm US school staff

Trump administration to help arm US school staff

Neither chamber has advanced legislation to make any change to gun laws since the shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, even as students who survived the attack have started a burgeoning political movement to raise pressure on lawmakers. "All topics are open to being addressed on this commission", one official said.

"We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", DeVos said on a Sunday evening conference call with reporters.

Trump has long criticized previous administrations for creating commissions to examine issues.

During the meetings, Trump also advocated arming certain teachers and school staffers, arguing that gun-free schools are "like an invitation for these very sick people" to commit murder.

"There's going to be a series of proposals", deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

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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.

The White House announced support Sunday for firearms training for some teachers to protect schools, and has apparently backed off an earlier call by Donald Trump to raise the age individuals can purchase assault-style weapons from 18 to 21, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that is created to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and the STOP School Violence Act, which would authorize state grants to implement violence prevention training for teachers and students.

Tapping into Justice Department resources and finances, the government will help states partner with law enforcement agencies to train school personnel who volunteer, the White House explained.

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.

The White House also endorsed the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act and asked Congress provide funding to support evidence-based school violence prevention programs.

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The White House backs the "Fix NICS" bill introduced by Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, which intends to improve the information going into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. And he called for the reform and expansion of mental health programs, as well as a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line. But Trump is still bucking the NRA in his support for raising the age for some gun sales: Florida last week passed a bill doing just that, and the NRA immediately challenged it in court.

She says Trump's effort is "a pragmatic plan" that will "dramatically" improve safety in schools.

On Saturday, the Department of Justice formally submitted a regulation to ban 'bump stocks, ' a modification to high-capacity rifles that lets them fire like an automatic weapon, that would not need congressional approval.

"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. Administration officials said they had not set a deadline for the commission's recommendations, but expected they'd made in under a year.

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