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Biden to meet House members on Monday to discuss gun measures

by Meghashyam Mali - The Hill  |  published on January 14, 2013


Vice President Joe Biden will meet with members of the House of Representatives on Monday to discuss the administration’s efforts to stem gun violence.

Biden, joined by Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, will speak with members of the House Democratic task force on gun violence at 11 a.m., according to a White House official.

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Violence Prevention Task Force, will attend the meeting with the group’s 12 vice chairs.

The vice chairs include Democratic Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), John Dingell (Mich.), Bill Enyart (Ill.), Elizabeth Esty (Conn.), Chaka Fattah (Pa.), Carolyn McCarthy (N.Y.), Grace Napolitano (Calif.), Ed Perlmutter (Colo.), David Price (N.C.) , Bobby Scott (Va.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), and Bennie Thompson (Miss.).

The meeting comes one day before Biden, who is spearheading the White House gun violence task force, is set to present President Obama his recommendations for addressing the nation’s epidemic of firearm violence.

Last week, Biden held a number of meeting with groups representing gun owners, retailers, sportsmen and the entertainment and video game industries.

Biden on Thursday said that his legislative proposals to Obama would “relate primarily to gun ownership and the type of weapons we own.” He pledged to deliver the task force recommendations by Tuesday, but also cautioned that Obama would consider executive action, if needed, to implement some gun measures.

Any measures calling for additional restrictions on gun ownership are likely to face sharp opposition from gun-rights groups and Republican lawmakers.

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