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The NRA has long argued for more armed security in U.S. schools, a plan Trump has advocated.

The Justice Department will also provide an unspecified amount of grants to states that want to train teachers to carry guns in school - an idea already in place in a small number of states, and backed by the National Rifle Association gun rights lobby. In televised meetings with lawmakers, survivors of recent school shootings and the families of victims, Trump made a strong case for arming teachers, but also increasing the age for purchasing long guns.

The President is proposing increased integration of mental health, primary care, and family services, as well as support for programs that utilize court-ordered treatment.

U.S. President Donald Trump will support a modest set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country's latest mass school shooting, senior officials told reporters on Sunday.

"There's going to be a series of proposals", deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".

At that meeting, Trump embraced suggestions to close loopholes for gun buyers seeking to avoid the background check system, raise the age limit for buying rifles, and find ways to temporarily seize guns from people reported to be unsafe.

Homeland security officials will also work with states to develop a public awareness campaign to prevent school shootings based on the "See something, say something" campaign launched after 9/11, which encourages members of the public to stay vigilant and report potential signs of terrorism. They will examine "the issue of age for purchasing firearms" and related matters before making recommendations to the president, the senior administration official said.

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"There are not going to be one-size-fits-all approaches and solutions, and I think that that is a very cogent argument for having a commission", a White House official said during the conference call.

Administration officials also said the White House would support schools in arming school personnel who volunteer for the job, using federal funding to provide "rigorous firearms training" to qualified employees.

Instead, a new commission chaired by DeVos will review a dozen issues that could make schools safer, including raising the age to purchase a gun, expanding background checks and entertainment rating systems of violent entertainment. Since nearly immediately after the Parkland shooting, the president has advocated arming some teachers as a solution to stopping future massacres. National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García last month said, "Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence". Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) if the senator had left raising the minimum age for gun purchases out of his bill strengthening background checks because senators "are afraid of the NRA".

Trump is proposing an expansion and overhaul of mental health programs, including those that help identify and treat those who may be a threat to themselves or others, the administration announced.

Former pupil Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 of attempted murder.

"The president is determined to get to the root of the various societal issues that lead to violence in our country", said Andrew Bremberg, director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Trump also supports a ban on bump stocks, devices that allow weapons to fire like machine guns.

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