WH: Trump Hasn’t Given Up on Increasing Age Limit for Certain Guns

By Melanie Arter | March 13, 2018 | 3:26pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Monday said President Donald Trump’s school safety proposal focuses on things with “broad bipartisan support” or that can be done immediately from “an administrative perspective” but that he hasn’t given up some of the other things he has proposed to keep schools safe.

“Sarah, a couple of weeks ago, the president said that he wanted to raise the age on purchasing assault weapons. He talked about supporting universal background checks, about taking guns away from those identified as a threat even without due process. What happened to all those proposals?” ABC News White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked.

“Look, a lot of those things are still outlined in the proposal that you'll -- if you don't have yet, you should receive here in the next few minutes in your inboxes, but look, right now, the president's primary focus is on pushing through things that we know have broad bipartisan support or things that we can do from an administrative perspective that we can do immediately. But we haven't let go of some of those other things that we're going to continue to review and look at, as I mentioned in the opening part of my first comments,” Sanders said.

“But is there a single thing in this proposal that's from the president that is not supported by the NRA? Is there anything in here that the NRA opposes?” Karl asked.

“Look, the president still has, in this plan, the age limit increase and that is part of one of the things that will be one of those things will be reviewed on what the best path forward is on that front - whether it can be done at a federal level or whether it needs to be done on a state-by-state basis,” Sanders said.

Sanders said the president can’t create federal law. That’s the responsibility of Congress, she said.

“But the president, as you know, doesn’t have the ability to just create federal law, and he would need a number of other individuals to come together to help make that happen. So what he is pushing forward are things that can immediately be accomplished, either through the administration or that have broad-based bipartisan support in Congress, but that doesn't mean that he has wiped away some of those other things that we're still looking at how best we can move forward on,” she said.

As CNSNews.com reported, the president’s proposal addresses four main areas of school safety: hardening schools, strengthening background checks, mental health reform, and reviewing funding proposals for preventing school violence.

The president lists the issue of “age restrictions for certain firearm purchases” among the funding proposals for school violence prevention that will be reviewed.

Under the effort to improve background checks, the president’s proposal calls on states to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), which would allow law enforcement - with court approval - to remove guns from people “who are a demonstrated threat to themselves or others” and temporarily prevent people from buying new firearms.

They should also be “carefully tailored to ensure the due process rights of law-abiding citizens are protected,” according to the proposal.

Trump is directing the Justice Department to give technical assistance to states, at their request, on establishing and implementing ERPOs.


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