Attorney General will ‘better enforce gun laws,’ prioritize school safety
By Christen Smith
The nation’s top law enforcement official said this week the Department of Justice will prioritize school safety and better enforce existing gun laws.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the steps Monday, just hours after the White House revealed a four-pronged prevention plan for school violence.
“We are increasing the number of school resource officers, improving background checks and more aggressively prosecuting those who illegally attempt to purchase a firearm, and reviewing and enhancing the way our law enforcement agencies respond to tips from the public,” he said.
Sessions said the federal COPS Program — a competitive grant used to recruit more police officers at the state and local level — will prioritize school resource officers. The DOJ will also provide firearms and situational awareness training to school personnel, as well as participate in the White House’s Federal Commission on School Safety.
The commission, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, will study gun violence prevention proposals — including placing age restrictions on rifle sales — and make recommendations to elected officials.
In addition, the DOJ will focus on prosecuting “lie and try” cases involving disqualified buyers who lie on federal background check forms in order to obtain a gun. The department will also continue working on