After a long day of meetings and tweets, a rough sketch of a gun agenda has emerged from President Trump.
- Tightening background checks "with an emphasis on Mental Health."
- Banning bump stocks, which were used in Las Vegas and dramatically speed up the rate of fire for semi-automatic rifles.
- Raising the age to buy some guns from 18 to 21. The law is currently 18 for long rifles, and 21 for handguns.
- Allowing concealed carry permits for some teachers, which he described as those who are "highly adept people people that understand weaponry..." Trump said such teachers should get a "little bit of a bonus" for this, and proposed training them with federal funds. [Go deeper]
- Trump does not favor active shooter drills, saying he wouldn't want to subject his son Baron to such drills. He instead wants to harden schools from attack.
What they're saying:
- Trump on the NRA: "I don't think I'll be going up against them. I really think the NRA wants to do what's right. I mean, they're very close to me, I'm very close to them, they're very, very great people. They love this country."
- The NRA's Wayne LaPierre at CPAC: "The N.R.A. will not only speak out... we will speak out louder and we will speak out stronger than ever before.”
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill:
- The leading Senate contender is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and Sen. Chris Murphy, Axios' Caitlin Owens reports.
- It would improve reporting under the existing background check system and reporting of domestic violence records.
- Yes, but: It's really hard to see a path forward for the bill to become law... The House has already passed it, but paired with a concealed carry provision that Democrats would never support, and separating the two endangers conservative House support.
- What we're watching: Next week's Senate caucus lunches are going to be key. If there is action on a gun bill, it's going to be a political shift largely thanks to the high school kids who have spoken up about gun violence.