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Trump: 'Not Much Political Support' for Raising Age to 21 to Buy Guns

Trump: 'Not Much Political Support' for Raising Age to 21 to Buy Guns
President Donald Trump speaks in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Sacconne during a Make America Great Again rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

By    |   Monday, 12 March 2018 10:14 AM EDT

President Donald Trump on Twitter on Monday morning touted his "very strong" school safety plan the White House unveiled a day earlier, but demurred on raising age limits for long guns, saying there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)."

The bedrock of Trump's plan to make schools safer is a pledge of funding to help states pay for firearms training for teachers.

However, the plan is far less ambitious than what Trump proposed during his listening session a few weeks ago with survivors of school massacres and subsequent meetings with lawmakers.

Trump had touted raising the age from 18 to buy long guns, including semi-automatic weapons, as well as beefing up comprehensive background checks for gun buyers.

He had chided a GOP lawmaker for being afraid of the NRA while touting a "take the guns first" and worry about "due process later" for gun owners who were deemed to be mentally unstable.

Sunday's plan walks back all of the president's tough talk on guns in the wake of last month's Valentine's Day massacre that left 17 dead in Parkland, Florida.

"Americans expecting real leadership to prevent gun violence will be disappointed and troubled by President Trump's dangerous retreat from his promise," Avery Gardiner, co-president of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Sunday.

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President Donald Trump tweeted Monday morning there is "not much political support (to put it mildly)" to raise the gun-buying age, while touting his "very strong" school safety plan the White House unveiled a day earlier.
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