Trump gun plan to include provisions 'hardening' schools

Trump gun plan to include provisions 'hardening' schools

Trump's proposed Federal Commission on School Safety aims to develop a process to evaluate and make recommendations on school safety, the administration said.

Shah avoided answering whether the White House will call for universal background checks, which President Donald Trump has said he would support, and instead spoke about improving the current background check system.

"Far too often the focus has been only on the most contentious fights - the things that have divided people and sent them into their entrenched corners", she continued.

Student survivors of the shooting have mobilized to call for stricter gun control laws after the deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the hands of a 19-year-old former student.

President Trump is also urging Congress to pass legislation that will strengthen background checks and implement violence prevention programs.

WASHINGTON — The White House said Sunday that the federal government will help provide "rigorous firearms training" for qualified volunteer school personnel as part of a package of policy changes he will propose after the February 14 mass shooting at Parklands Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The White House unveiled proposals to improve school safety and mental health on Sunday.

The White House says President Donald Trump's plan to combat school shootings will include the creation of a new task force and an effort to "harden" schools so they're less vulnerable to attack. He's also met and spoken with the heads of the powerful National Rifle Association.

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The administration's proposals follow some of the principles signed into law by Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week that would boost new mental health programs for schools and would allow school employees and many teachers to carry handguns if they go through law enforcement training.

"We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", DeVos said in a conference call with reporters. He also suggested the removal of guns from individuals who may be potentially ill.

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

The administration is backing the "Fix NICS" bill introduced by Sen.

The bill was written in response to a shooting last November by a gunman whose domestic violence conviction the Air Force failed to report to the National Criminal Information Center database. The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on the STOP School Violence Act next week. The Department of Justice has also been moving forward with that effort.

Trump previously signed a memorandum ordering Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations to ban "bump stocks" and other devices that turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at a news conference following a visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the aftermath of a February 14 mass shooting at the school, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Coral Springs, Fla.

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