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White House refused to release photo of Trump signing bill overturning Obama gun rule: report

White House refused to release photo of Trump signing bill overturning Obama gun rule: report
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Following a school shooting, the White House reportedly refused requests to release a photo of President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE signing a bill overturning an Obama-era regulation restricting certain people from buying guns.

CBS News reported Thursday that it asked the White House to release a photo of Trump signing H. J. Res. 40, legislation that the Republican Congress passed just over a month after he took office. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reportedly responded to CBS News in April after a dozen requests for the photo, saying, “We don't plan to release the picture at this time."

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A White House photographer confirmed to CBS that pictures of the bill-signing exist.

Critics said removing the legislation made it easier for people with mental illness to purchase guns, potentially increasing danger to themselves or others. Supporters of Trump's action said the legislation had stripped Second Amendment rights indiscriminately from people who are not necessarily dangerous, such as those with eating or sleeping disorders.

The original regulation would have barred an estimated 75,000 Americans who receive disability benefits from buying a gun and required the Social Security Administration to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI's background check system.

The rollback was praised by National Rifle Association Director Chris Cox, who said at the time, “We have now have a president who respects and supports our right to keep and bear arms."

Trump’s action from last February has come into the spotlight again following the school shooting in Florida that left at least 17 dead and 14 injured.

Trump on Thursday morning suggested that mental illness was a factor in the shooting, which 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz has confessed to carrying out.

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior," Trump tweeted. "Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”