The National Rifle Association said Wednesday any legislation aimed at raising the age requirement for rifle and shotgun purchases would deprive young Americans their constitutional right to self-protection.
Federal law already prohibits those under the age of 21 from purchasing handguns from licensed gun dealers.
- This organization is pure evil. They don't care who they sell guns to.
President Trump hosted an extraordinarily emotional debate over guns and schools at the White House on Wednesday, listening for more than an hour as student survivors and grieving parents parried ideas to prevent firearms deaths, their gentle disputes hinting at the nation's divisions.
The president offered proposals of his own, from stronger background checks for gun buyers to possibly arming teachers and perhaps reviving "mental institutions." Much of the debate touched on arming schools, far less on gun controls.
The Conservative Political Action Conference has an enemies list: The FBI, the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller.
"Even the FBI is not free of its own corruption and its own unethical agents," National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a speech from the main stage Thursday at this major gathering of conservatives not far from the nation's capital, hinting at alleged anti-Donald Trump bias among agency leaders during the 2016 election and the Russia investigation.
"I can understand a few bad apples in organizations as large as the FBI," he said, "but what's hard to understand is why no one at the FBI stood up and called BS on its rogue leadership."
Students in Texas were told they would be suspended if they protest gun violence, on the same day a local 14-year-old was charged over a shooting threat.
In a letter to parents, Curtis Rhodes, the Needville Independent School District’s superintendent, said it would “not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness”.
He added: “Should students choose to do so, they will be suspended from school for 3 days and face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension.