Trump touts arming staff as key in plan for school security

White House defends Donald Trump's position on guns

White House defends Donald Trump's position on guns

As part plan, the White House has directed the Justice Department to help states partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council.

Trump challenged Congress to develop a comprehensive bill during a televised meeting with lawmakers last month, embracing suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be risky.

Instead, a new commission chaired by DeVos will review a dozen issues that could make schools safer, including raising the age to purchase a gun, expanding background checks and entertainment rating systems of violent entertainment. In a call with reporters Sunday evening, administration officials described the plan as a fulfillment of Trump's call for action in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead.

The White House is forging ahead with a plan to give firearms training to teachers while pulling back from moves opposed by gun lobbyists such as raising the age limit for purchasing some weapons. The White House also said it would support moving military veterans and retired law enforcement officers into new careers in education.

"He may be a globalist, but I still like him", Mr. Trump said.

The White House plans to release more details about the plan Sunday night, almost a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead.

Trump will call on state governments to allow law enforcement officials to obtain court orders to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe, officials said. The announcement was "more talk and theatrics than action", he said.

The plan is less ambitious than the changes Trump advocated in a series of listening sessions in the weeks after the massacre.

The federal government will also conduct an audit of the FBI tip line after the agency did not follow protocol in how it handled two warnings about Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with the Parkland killings.

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He's also met and spoken with the heads of the powerful National Rifle Association. The NRA on Friday sued Florida over a new gun law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott that bans the purchase of firearms by anyone younger than 21.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on February 22, 2018.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could end the attack very quickly", he has said.

In some of Trumps earlier comments since the Parkland shootings, he appeared to support expanding the number of people buying guns who are required to undergo a background check, such as at gun shows or private sales.

US President Donald Trump is also calling on states to adopt so-called "red flag" laws to allow authorities to take guns from individuals who are determined by a court to be a threat to themselves or others, according to recommendations released by the White House on Sunday. A senior administration official emphasised that this process would include respect for due process, while giving law enforcement officers the ability to temporarily take away guns from extremely high-risk people.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, later walked back both suggestions, saying "Universal means something different to a lot of people".

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

"I don't know I can put him in the same position though, he's not quite as strong on those tariffs as we want him", the president said. The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on the STOP School Violence Act next week.

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