The Trump administration announced on Sunday its plan to address school safety in the wake of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead.
The administration’s proposal would implement or call for the implementation of a number of immediate reforms meant to address school safety and reduce gun violence. Most prominently, the White House is backing funding for firearms training for school officials, including teachers. A similar proposal, which expanded the number of armed officers in schools, was implemented by the Obama administration in the months following the mass shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn.
The administration also has backed gun violence protection orders, which create a due-process-supported way for officials to temporarily seize the guns of a potentially dangerous individual. Also known as gun violence restraining orders, the proposal has earned the backing of conservatives, who see it as a way to curb the threat of those who raise red flags while respecting the Second Amendment and avoiding more general bans.
Legislatively, the administration is calling on Congress to pass two bills to enhance gun and school safety. The Fix NICS Act, a bipartisan proposal led by Sens. John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Christopher Murphy (D., Conn.), would implement much-needed changes to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), allocating hundreds of millions of dollars to induce state and local law enforcement to submit more of their records to the system. The Stop School Violence Act, another bipartisan proposal shepherded by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), would reauthorize grants to states to support evidence-based training and tools to help reduce school violence.
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