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Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

President Donald Trump said he would wait for the courts to rule before acting on raising the minimum age for some gun purchases, putting off one of the more contentious gun safety measures he had backed after the latest USA school shooting. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he does not support raising the age to purchase long guns, such as AR-15 rifles that have been used in numerous recent mass shootings.

Almost 70 percent of the public, including most Republicans, favors raising the age for gun purchases from 18 to 21.

Just 8 percent of all Americans polled near the start of the month said Trump was doing too much to pass new gun laws, while 34 percent said he was doing about the right amount, and 37 percent said he wasn't doing enough. Clearly, Trump is afraid of the National Rifle Association.

-The FBI tip line will receive a full audit, review and changes to ensure important leads aren't ignored or missed. A similar proposal, which expanded the number of armed officers in schools, was implemented by the Obama administration in the months following the mass shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn.

Receive stories like this everyday to your email. "We are committed to working quickly because there's no time to waste", said DeVos, who will chair a federal commission on school safety.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who will head a new commission to examine ways to protect schools from gun violence, called the proposals a "pragmatic plan to dramatically increase school safety". The idea of raising the minimum age for rifle purchases is gone, as is any talk of a comprehensive effort to patch the holes in our background check system. Administration officials said they had not set a deadline for the commission's recommendations, but expected they'd made in under a year.

Once again, a pressing problem is being kicked down the road.

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Lastly, the administration wants to better integrate mental health, primary care and family services programs, and the president has ordered a full audit and review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line, he said.

The package of directives focuses on enforcing laws already in place and asking states and other federal agencies to help strengthen the firearm purchase background check system, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

The White House also directed the Justice Department to support states to partner with local law enforcement to provide "rigorous firearms training to specifically qualified volunteer school personnel", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the president's Domestic Policy Council. He also raised eyebrows by suggesting that law enforcement officials should be able to confiscate guns from those they deem a safety risk even before a court has weighed in.

Trump had previously called out some Republicans for their seeming unwillingness to stand up to the NRA.

Observing that Trump has made "strong and necessary" moves to deter threats to the United States, the White House said he has led and executed an worldwide maximum pressure campaign against North Korea to compel it to denuclearise and cease its unsafe provocations.

The White House said Trump has taken aggressive action to confront Iran's "threatening behaviour", including imposing sanctions on dozens of Iran-linked entities and refusing to re-certify the Iran deal.

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