Instead of raising the minimum age for buying long guns to 21, the Trump Administration has other plans that are aimed at stopping school shootings, the White House announced Sunday.
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)".
Among those ideas, which Trump had expressed vocal support for in a February 28 meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, is raising the age on gun purchases, universal background checks and taking guns from those identified as a security threat without consideration of due process. "This president is still laying out other priorities that he would like to see talked about and implemented, whether we have to do that on a state level". "Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's unsafe retreat from his promise", said Avery Gardiner, the group's co-president. One group of Republicans were told that Trump, speaking about seizing guns from mentally ill people who could pose a threat, had said, "A lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court to get the due process procedures". Nearly all school shootings are in gun free zones.
"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", she said. It would also stop them from buying guns, at least temporarily. "Responding to the murder of 17 students and educators by endorsing the gun lobby's platform is a shameful abdication of the president's responsibility to lead", Sen.
At a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Trump criticized policy commissions while speaking about the opioid problem, saying, "We can't just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees".
The White House said that by suspending the security assistance to Pakistan, Trump has sent a "long overdue" message to the recipients of American foreign aid that the administration expects them to fully join the USA in combating terrorism.
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 USA history scarred his first year in office.
The White House's proposal is the latest action by the Trump administration meant to address gun violence.
Sessions directed federal agencies to verify within 45 days that they are in full compliance or plan to become compliant with an existing law requiring agencies to report relevant records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Those are people such as Stephen Miller, a Trump loyalist who even some Republicans in Congress say is too extreme with which to deal.
Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday that the president had not abandoned the idea of raising the gun-buying age but that the plan released Sunday reflects what the executive branch can achieve now.
The tepid steps lessened the hopes of gun control advocates that Trump would take a stand in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
The Justice Department has already embarked on banning bump stocks-or devices that can be attached to rifles to make them fire rounds faster.