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Democrats probably should have seen Trump's 360 on gun control coming

Democrats probably should have seen Trump's 360 on gun control coming

The shift provides another example of the strong influence wielded by the NRA both at the White House and on Capitol Hill, where most lawmakers remain opposed to significant policy changes in the wake of the shooting massacre that killed 17 at a Parkland, Fla., high school last month.

US President Donald Trump's plan to deter school shootings does not include his repeated calls to raise the age for buying semi-automatic rifles to 21.

White House spokesman Raj Shah had said earlier Sunday in an interview with ABC's "This Week" that "the president has been clear that he does support raising the age to 21" and that that would be a "component" of the announcement.

The president has reiterated his support for strengthening background checks, arming school officials and banning bump stocks.

Americans must be 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun and 21 to buy a handgun from licensed dealers under federal law. He started out as one of the most pro-gun and pro-National Rifle Association presidents in modern history.

Trump himself admitted in an earlier tweet that he is not now pushing age restrictions that could have prevented 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz from buying the powerful AR-15 assault rifle used on February 14 to kill 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Trump tweeted that he's "watching court cases and rulings" before proposing an age increase, but he noted there's "not much political support (to put it mildly)".

President Donald Trump will push states to make it easier to seize weapons from people a court finds risky, hold federal agencies more accountable for background checks, and promote arming teachers.

Donald Trump billed himself as a leader of bravura and defiance armed with supernatural political skills that could rewrite the script of crippled Washington.

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Trump's step backwards, after two extraordinary meetings in recent weeks with NRA executives, has critics accusing him of wilting after three of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history scarred his first year in office. You have to have security.' Trump responded: 'I think that's what she's saying.' 'No, I think she's saying something different, ' McCarthy said.

Some of the more controversial proposals, including raising the minimum purchase age or requiring background checks for guns bought at gun shows or on the internet, will be studied by a commission headed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, administration officials said. The bureau has been criticized for not following up on warnings about the suspect in the Parkland school shooting.

She said the White House was focused on what it could do immediately, also noting that former President Obama was not able to do anything on gun control.

"In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Trump called on representatives of over 50 Muslim-majority nations to do more to combat terror and extremist ideology", it said.

At the same meeting February 28 with lawmakers where he discussed raising the gun-buying age, Trump alarmed gun rights activists by suggesting he would confiscate guns from people who posed threats, then "go through due process".

But the NRA, which considers the US Constitution's Second Amendment a guarantee of broad gun ownership rights, has pressed the White House and Congress to hold off.

Naturally, the NRA has sued to block the age limit in the new law.

Some gun control advocates worry that the regulation will face legal challenges, and have urged Congress to pass a law instead.


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