The White House is backing off Trump's call to raise the age limit for buying guns

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  • The White House unveiled proposals to improve school safety and mental health on Sunday.
  • But officials backed off President Donald Trump's call to raise the age limit on buying certain firearms.
  • The proposals came weeks after 17 people were killed at a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.


The White House backed off President Donald Trump's call to raise the age limit to buy certain firearms, instead proposing efforts to improve the mental health system and background checks on gun purchases, as well as beefing up security in schools.

The administration's plans include working with states to provide "rigorous" gun training for "specially qualified" teachers and staff, officials said. Teacher groups such as the National Education Association have condemned proposals to arm teachers.

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