School Safety Forum in DC Includes AR Governor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson visited The White House Monday as the debate over gun policy continues in Washington.

The governor is pushing back on gun control measures supported by President Donald Trump. 

Hutchinson was part of a conversation between governors from across the country and President Trump, who laid out several proposals to reduce the risk of school shootings. 

But Gov. Hutchinson isn't completely on board. 

"I don't agree with the president on every solution but I know where his heart is and what we're trying to accomplish. As governor, there's one singular focus that I want to have and that is safety and security and protection of the schools," he said, adding that he wants to find ways to fortify Arkansas schools and making it more difficult for shooters to enter. 

He also supports increasing the number of armed people inside the schools, including some teachers but he is hesitant to support some of the president's gun control measures including increasing the age to buy rifles to 21. 

"That's going to give everyone a sense that we've really done something and the fact is that most school shooters are over 21. So it's not really solving the problem that we need to address," says Hutchinson.

The governor says he's also been meeting with other governors and White House officials about his plans for workforce development and Medicaid reform.

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