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The Latest: Florida students, parents meeting with President Trump

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   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local):
   4:45 p.m.
   President Donald Trump is hearing the stories of students and parents affected by school shootings, following last week's deadly shooting in Florida.
   Trump says he wants to hear suggestions for addressing gun violence in schools, saying, "After I listen we're going to get things done."
   Trump says, "We're going to be very strong on background checks."
   Survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, are at the White House encouraging the president to take steps to strengthen gun ownership laws and consider boosting safety measures at schools.
   Ariana Klein, who survived the shooting, tells Trump: "This is not just Parkland anymore, this is America. This is every student in every city."
   4:10 p.m.
   Maryland high school students who rallied at the U.S. Capitol in support of stronger gun control have marched to the White House.
   Students held a moment of silence Wednesday in memory of those killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school last week, and listened as the names of the dead were recited.
   Daniel Gelillo, a senior at Richard Montgomery High in Rockville, Maryland, who helped organize the protest, says students are hoping to pressure lawmakers to finally act on gun control.
   Gelillo says that "up `til now nothing has quite fazed them. The Orlando shooting, Las Vegas and now Parkland. Something has to happen. Innocent people are dying because of the easy access to firearms in this country."
   4 p.m.
   President Donald Trump will meet with six students from the south Florida high school recovering from a mass shooting, along with their families and people affected by other mass shootings.
   Trump is holding a listening session at the White House today in the wake of the shooting last week that killed 17.
   He will also meet with parents of students killed in the Sandy Hook and Columbine massacres, a pastor from Las Vegas and the mayor of Parkland, Florida.
   The White House says the goal of the session is to talk about school safety.

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