Minneapolis Students Plan Walkout in Push for Action on Gun Control

February 21, 2018 08:28 AM

Students at several Minneapolis schools plan to walk out of class, and demand lawmakers take action on gun control, Wednesday.

The walkout coincides with President Donald Trump's expected meeting with teachers, parents, and students affected by mass shootings in Parkland, Florida; Columbine, Colorado; and Newtown, Connecticut.


RELATED: After Florida School Shooting, Trump says More Must be Done to Protect Children

The walkout at several schools begins at noon. KSTP has learned students calling for change will either march or take the light rail to city hall.

On Tuesday, the White House press secretary was pressed on several gun issues. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration is looking into making background checks more efficient and that the president is open to discussing an age limit on AR-15 purchases.

RELATED: Trump Offers Support for Limited Effort on Background Checks

Later, the president directed the U.S. Department of Justice to regulate bump stocks, the type of gun modification used in last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

RELATED: Las Vegas Strip Shooting that Killed at Least 59, Injured 527 Deadliest in Modern US History

"Moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the AG to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns," Trump said.

Wednesday marks one week since 17 students and staff were shot and killed at the south Florida high school.

RELATED: 17 Dead, at Least 14 Injured in Florida High School Shooting

A group of survivors will meet with Trump Wednesday, while others plan to continue their call for action.

Tuesday, three busloads of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students left for Tallahassee, Florida's capital. There, 100 students will call on lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws and address safety in schools.

"Then, after that, we can hopefully move on to talking about background checks and the accessibility of AR-15s and other military grade weapons to people who are mentally disabled, like Nikolas Cruz," student Alfonso Calderon said.

An estimated 100 students arrived in Tallahassee to work with Florida State Senator Lauren Book in drafting gun control legislation after a gunman fatally shot 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The director for the Board of Education at Minneapolis Public Schools said in a Facebook post Washburn, Roosevelt and South high schools are participating in Wednesday's walkout.

Stay with KSTP.com and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for updates.


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