Monday, March 12, 2018

Trump’s plan to combat school shootings includes federal commission, review of FBI tip line

 Dave Boyer

President Trump is creating a federal commission on school safety, ordering a review of the FBI tip line that ignored warnings about the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school, and encouraging states to arm more qualified adults so schools are less vulnerable to attacks, administration officials said Sunday night. The president also is calling on Congress to approve legislation aimed at improving the federal system of background checks of criminals, and is promoting another bill that would provide grants to states to prevent school violence. As part of the long-awaited plan after the massacre in Parkland, Florida, Mr. Trump will further encourage states to pass “risk-protection” orders, temporary court orders that allow police to remove guns from people who are deemed a threat to themselves but have raised concerns about due-process rights. While Mr. Trump still supports raising the age limit for purchasing long guns from 18 to 21, it’s not part of his proposal. Florida, which approved an age-limit increase on gun purchases as part of its school safety measure, is being sued by the National Rifle Association over the move. Officials said the commission will examine the question...more

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