Trump Defends Backing Off Call to Raise Gun Purchase Age: ‘Not Much Political Support (To Put it Mildly)’


President Donald Trump recently called for increasing the minimum age for buying long guns — like the AR-15 used in the Parkland, Florid a high school shooting last month — to be raised to 21.

But in a school safety proposal announced by the White House on Sunday night, no mention was made of raising the age limit for such gun purchases, and people noticed.

Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to declare a number of gun safety measures he has backed, including a “strong improvement and strengthening of background checks,” a ban on bump stocks to come “soon,” and arming “[highly] trained expert teachers”:

In a second tweet, Trump addressed the age limits he previously called for, claiming that he is “watching court cases and rulings before acting”:

“Things are moving rapidly on this, but not much political support (to put it mildly),” Trump concluded.

One court case Trump is referring to is ostensibly the NRA’s lawsuit filed against the state of Florida over legislation Governor Rick Scott signed that raised the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21 from 18.

While raising the age limit may be facing pushback amongst some Republican lawmakers not eager to test the political might of the NRA, a move has broad support amongst Americans.

From a recent Politico poll:

Raising the age limit on gun purchasers is also widely popular. Eighty-two percent think the age limit should be 21 to purchase an assault-style weapon, and 81 percent support requiring purchasers of all firearms to be 21.

UPDATE 10:15 a.m. EST: Trump tweeted again, criticizing policy that makes schools “gun free zones”:

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