Monday, 12 March 2018

Trump backs off call for raising minimum age to buy gun.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign 
rally at Atlantic Aviation in Moon Township, Pa., 
Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Sunday pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and reiterated its call to improve the background check system as part of a new plan to prevent school shootings.

But in a move sure to please the gun lobby, the plan does not include a push to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21, which President Donald Trump had repeatedly championed.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine the age issue, as well as a long list of others topics, as part of a longer-term look at school safety and violence.

The plan forgoes an endorsement of comprehensive background checks for gun purchases, which the president, at times, seemed to embrace.

By Jill Colvin.

Full story at Yahoo News.

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