Education secretary pushes back on arming school personnel with assault-style weapons

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosAmerican women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week House Dems call for first Education Committee hearing on school shootings since Sandy Hook MORE said Monday that she does not think teachers should carry assault-style weapons as part of the Trump administration’s push to harden schools.

“Do you think they should be able — teachers should be able to carry assault weapons since presumably they may face assault weapons?” NBC “Today” host Savannah Guthrie asked DeVos, who will chair a presidential commission on school safety.

“I don’t think assault weapons in schools, carried by any school personnel, is the appropriate thing,” DeVos replied.

“But again this is an issue that I think is best decided at the local level by communities and by states,” she added.

DeVos’s remarks come after the White House released a set of proposals Sunday to address gun violence and school safety after the shooting at a high school in south Florida. One of those proposals is for states to provide school employees with firearm training. 

The administration, however, is not pushing for universal background checks or upping the age requirement to purchase certain weapons, such as the AR-15.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE previously expressed support for raising the age requirement following the shooting in Parkland, Fla., which the suspect allegedly carried out using a legally purchased AR-15.