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The White House insists President Donald Trump still wants to raise the minimum purchasing age for assault weapons. Last fall, Trump told lawmakers he'd "take the heat" on an immigration proposal that protected "Dreamers" from deportation.

The Florida bill also allows school staff to carry firearms, an idea Trump has championed but that is opposed by the National Education Association, the largest teachers lobby in the country, and other groups.

Trump called the NRA "great patriots" in the February 28 meeting, but went on to say: "that doesn't mean we have to agree on everything".

-The administration is focused on immediate action, in addition to a long-term approach to the issue of school safety.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling state and local officials to make sure they are providing crucial mental health and criminal history information to federal background check systems.

Seventeen people were killed in last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, prompting a national conversation about gun laws, fierce advocacy for stronger gun control from surviving students and, initially, a move from Trump to buck his allies at the National Rifle Association.

At one point, Sanders was asked outright by a reporter why Trump "chickened out", but she insisted his ideas in the meeting were still a part of the plan. "You can't be petrified".

Sanders again dodged, saying, "Look, the president doesn't just have one piece of this plan. Why he didn't go forward with what he has proposed earlier?"

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Sanders said that under our Federalist system, some things that the White House or Congress can not get done should be left for states to decide, and that Trump will and has pressed states to enact his agenda. "They're still outlined in the plan. You have to have a congressional component to do some of these things". Let's not forget that the Obama administration had the White House and all of Congress for two years, and never did anything. While there was no specific language for a ban on bump stocks included in the plan, a senior administration official said the president has already taken action to put the process in motion and there will be "action coming in the next few days" as to a formal announcement. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to the White House to discuss what they thought was his support for their compromise bill to protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

Trump said on Sunday that he would work to raise the age limit and will establish a Federal Commission on School Safety, to be chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, that will explore possible solutions regarding the age requirement for gun purchases.

Many Senate Democrats have also been clear that they aren't interested in moving on Fix NICS - the legislation Trump is promoting - without an opportunity to get votes on more far-reaching gun proposals.

"Very strong improvement and strengthening of background checks will be fully backed by White House", he tweeted.

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Sanders was also quizzed about Trump's past criticisms of his predecessors for failing to show leadership on the issue when it appeared that he too was now making the argument for political expediency. "But he can't make them happen with a broad stroke of the pen". "There are a number of things that he is pushing forward that are very tangible". 'I think what Senator Feinstein is asking there - when we talk about just DACA, we don't want to be back here two years later.

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