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Betsy DeVos: School Safety Commission Won't Focus on Guns

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told Congress Tuesday that the federal school safety commission would “not study potential changes to gun laws,” according to Politico. When asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) whether the school safety commission would “examine guns,” she replied: “That is not part of the commission’s charge per se… We’re actually studying school safety and how our students are safe at school.” The school safety commission was established shortly after the Parkland school shooting in February and was tasked by the White House to “study and make recommendations” on an array of issues, including “age restrictions for certain firearm purchases.” An education department spokesperson told Politico that “the commission cannot create or amend current gun laws—that is the Congress’ job,” and confirmed that age restrictions were being considered.