World Series champion Houston Astros honored at White House

World Series champion Houston Astros honored at White House

Pressed repeatedly Monday on NBC about why the White House backed off Trump's support for increasing the minimum age for purchasing assault-style weapons, DeVos said that "everything is on the table", stressing that the commission will study a wide range of issues.

It's no secret that Donald Trump and the NRA are on the same page, even as the White House does their best to walk a fine line and appear sympathetic to mass shooting victims. ABC's Jonathan Karl asked at one point, referring to Trump's characterization of opioid commissions during a rally Saturday in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. And yet, these other weapons that we talk about ... they're allowed to buy them at 18.

In a televised meeting with lawmakers on February 28, Trump praised members of the gun lobby as "great patriots" but declared "that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything".

American federal law states that you must be 18 years old in order to buy a rifle or shotgun from a licensed dealer, and 21 years old to purchase a handgun.

He then turned toward Sen.

"Because you're afraid of the NRA (National Rifle Association)".

Where Trump's White House ended up on how to respond to school shootings is a world away from where he started. And despite the President's lackluster proposals, CT will continue to lead.

The White House's proposal represented a shift from a President who just 10 days earlier floated his support for the change and other more significant gun law reforms, promising he would be willing to risk political capital to push legislation forward.

In addition to setting up DeVos' commission, the White House is backing a bill created to improve the federal background check system now used for gun store purchases, and supports a separate piece of legislation to authorize grants for violence prevention training in schools.

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-Training will be state based and local school district officials will make decisions about where staff can obtain proper training for carrying firearms inside schools.

Astros Manager A.J. Hinch spoke and thanked President Trump for welcoming them to the White House.

"We can't just write things down and make them law".

"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", she said.

She placed blame for the inaction on Capitol Hill.

The NRA is a generous funder of politicians, mostly Republicans, and was an enthusiastic supporter of Mr Trump's candidacy. Those proposals were praised by gun control groups in the wake of the meeting and panned by the National Rifle Association.

Still, Trump argued that this was progress. Last month, President Donald Trump instructed the Department of Justice to implement new regulation to ban bump-fire stocks, which can be used to increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic weapons. "Armed guards okay, deterrent!" The NRA on Friday sued Florida over a new gun law signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott that bans the purchase of firearms by anyone under the age of 21.

Trump's plan does not include an endorsement of a bipartisan measure written by Sens. "If we can get this march to help solidify the sense of urgency to pass gun legislation now, to get it done before they go home for Christmas for Congress, we'd all be a much safer nation".

No deadline was set for the commission's recommendations, but officials expected them within a year.

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