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The Morning Brew: Trump calls for substantial changes to nation's gun laws

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President Donald Trump, joined by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, during a meeting with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump, joined by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, right, speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, during a meeting with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Welcome to Thursday. Here are a few headlines to start your day.

Trump Surprises lawmakers with calls for gun control

President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday during a meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday during a meeting with members of Congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for substantial changes to the nation's gun laws. 

The Associated Press reported

In a freewheeling, televised session that stretched for an hour, Trump rejected both his party's incremental approach and its legislative strategy that has stalled action in Congress. Giving hope to Democrats, he said he favored a "comprehensive" approach to addressing violence like the shooting at Florida school earlier this month, although he offer no specific details. 

Instead, Trump appeared to support expanded background checks. He endorsed increased school security and mental health resources, and he reaffirmed his support for raising the age to 21 for purchasing some firearms. Trump also mentioned arming teachers, and said his administration, not Congress, would ban bump-stock devices that enable guns to fire like automatic weapons.

Meanwhile, two major retail companies, Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods, announced they will no longer sell guns to people who are under 21.  

In the Sooner State, several bills that advanced in the Oklahoma House on Wednesday would expand the rights of gun owners to carry weapons on virtually any private property in the state, The Oklahoman's Dale Denwalt reported.

As lawmakers weigh the issue, a diverse group of Oklahoma religious leaders are appealing to state elected leaders to do more to prevent gun violence, The Oklahoman's Carla Hinton reported.

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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›

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