President Trump will announce a package of policy proposals Thursday aimed at improving school safety and keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, Fox News has learned. Among the proposals are some that may put him at odds with the National Rifle Association.
Trump has been pushing some new gun restrictions in the wake of this month’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed.
According to sources, the president will back an effort to raise the minimum age for buying long guns to 21 from 18 — a proposal that could face resistance from the NRA. Trump will also call for training and arming certain members of school faculty and staff, either through federal grants to states or a federal training program.
Trump will reiterate his support for a bill from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., that bolsters the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. He also will back the STOP School Violence Act, which gives the Justice Department grants for preventing school violence.
The president will also ask Congress to ban so-called “bump stocks,” saying he will take executive action if they don’t. The firearm modifiers, which can make a semi-automatic weapon fire nearly as rapidly as a fully automatic machine gun, were used in the Oct. 1, 2017, Las Vegas massacre, in which 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
Trump will also call for fixing the FBI’s tipster program, amid revelations that the bureau received multiple tips about the youth accused of shooting up the Parkland school ahead of that massacre but failed to stop him.
In addition, the president is also expected to encourage states to create laws for extreme-risk protective orders, which would allow parents and law enforcement to petition courts to take weapons away from anyone threatening to harm themselves or others.
Trump, who was backed by the NRA during the 2016 election, has expressed support for the Second Amendment and has said he’s against reflexive gun control measures that wouldn’t make a difference.
On Monday, Trump said that he’d met with top NRA officials Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, and that “they want to do something.”
“Don’t worry about the NRA, they are on our side,” Trump said. “You guys – half of you are so afraid of the NRA. There is nothing to be afraid of. And you know what, if they’re not with you, we have to fight them every once in a while, that’s OK. They are doing what they think is right.”
Trump is set to conduct a discussion on gun laws and school safety with a bipartisan gathering of lawmakers on Wednesday.