A report coming from CBS News says President Donald Trump did not want photographs released of a bill signing in February 2017. The bill reportedly made it easier for people who have a mental illness to legally purchase a gun.
From CBS: A little over a month after his inauguration, on Feb. 28, 2017, President Trump signed HJ Resolution 40, a bill that made it easier for people with mental illness to obtain guns. CBS News then asked the White House to release the photograph of Mr. Trump signing the bill, making the request a total of 12 times.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally responded to repeated emails and phone calls with a one-line note on April 19, 2017, writing to CBS News, “We don’t plan to release the picture at this time.”
A White House photographer confirmed to CBS News that there are photos of the bill signing. Those photos won’t be seen unless the Trump administration releases them, though, because the White House is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
Typically, the White House at minimum releases its own pictures of bill and resolution signings.
The report continues: Mr. Trump signed another bill the same day that rolled back an Obama administration rule on the Waters of the United States which was attended by a cabinet official in an official signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room. Pool cameras took photos, as did the White House. (See screenshot of that signing below.)
HJ Resolution 40 was introduced 10 days after President Trump’s inauguration. It repealed a rule former President Obama had pushed for after the Sandy Hook school shooting. The rule went into effect in December 2016.
CBS reports: Had it been allowed to remain [in] effect, it would have added about 75,000 names of mentally ill Americans to a database that would have stopped them from buying a gun.