Biden to meet with National Rifle Association

Vice President Biden will meet this week with gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, as part of the White House task force on curbing gun violence, officials said.

Biden also will hold discussions with victims of gun violence and executives from the entertainment and video game industries as he seeks to deliver recommendations to President Obama this month on potential changes to gun control laws and mental health programs, Press Secretary Jay Carney said. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will meet with parents and educators. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is talking with mental health and disability advocates. Other administration officials will seek input from the medical community, child safety advocates, business owners and faith leaders, Carney said.

"The process is designed to get input," Carney said. "And then the vice president's group will assess different actions, make recommendations, and the president will decide what he would like to pursue, what he believes is the right course of action."

The White House is weighing a far-reaching, comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence that would go beyond reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition. Measures under consideration by Biden's task force would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors.

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