Washington, D.C., area students and supporters protest against gun violence with a lie-in outside of the White House on Monday. President Trump is pushing new age restrictions on some gun purchases. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed setting an age restriction of 21 on certain gun purchases, his most aggressive move yet in endorsing gun access changes after last week’s Florida high school massacre.
The president is eager to do something in the wake of last week’s gun massacre in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and teachers dead, aides say. Until late Wednesday afternoon, Trump had mostly focused on enhancing the background check system, improving information sharing among local, state and federal law enforcement, and addressing mental health problems that plague many mass shooters.