Trump pulls back from big changes to gun laws after Florida shooting

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House en route to Camp David Md. on Dec. 15 2017

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House en route to Camp David Md. on Dec. 15 2017

A mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last month has renewed a US debate over gun control. "All topics are open to being addressed on this commission", one official said.

At that meeting, Trump embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be risky.

Trump's apparent reversal from proposing to raise the age young people can buy military assault-style weapons like the AR-15 that was used in the Parkland school shooting is a startling turnaround.

The long-awaited recommendations are expected to be laid out in more detail by the White House on Sunday evening, almost a month after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and staff dead.

The president will encourage states to authorize "risk protection orders", which allow law enforcement to temporarily seize guns from people whom a court has determined to be risky.

U.S. President Donald Trump will propose arming school staff and raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase certain firearms in a school safety proposal that the administration will release on Sunday, a White House spokesman said in broadcast comments. "Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's risky retreat from his promise", said Avery Gardiner, the group's co-president. Teacher groups such as the National Education Association have condemned proposals to arm teachers.

A senior administration official added that there are already "a multitude of programs that exist across the country where school personnel are trained in conjunction with state or local law enforcement".

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The administration will encourage state attorneys general to audit school district compliance with state emergency preparedness, and help states and localities support public awareness campaign modeled on "See Something, Say Something" to encourage awareness and reporting of suspicious activity.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, later walked back both suggestions, saying "Universal means something different to a lot of people". Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, which intends to improve the information going into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

"The President has been clear that he does support raising the age to 21 for purchasing certain firearms", Shah said.

The Times, citing four people familiar with the matter, said Trump met with lawyer Emmet T. Flood in the Oval Office about joining the team as Trump and his allies continue to deal with the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The White House billed the new, two-pronged approach a "pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety immediately".

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.

Rifles are shown for sale at a sports store in New Castle, Pa. Trump called on states to pass temporary, court-issued Risk Protection Orders, which allow law enforcement to confiscate guns from individuals who pose risks to themselves and others, and temporarily prevent them from buying firearms. An administration official said the White House was endorsing those measures because they could both pass in short order, while a bigger background overhaul would have a tougher path in Congress.

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