Vice President Biden(Photo: Susan Walsh, AP)
WASHINGTON -- Vice President Biden said Thursday that he plans to
deliver his gun violence task force's recommendations to President Obama
by early next week.
"I have committed to him that I will have the recommendations to him by Tuesday," Biden said.
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vice president's comments came at the start of a meeting with
representatives of hunters and wildlife interest groups. Biden was
tapped to develop a broad set of recommendations for Obama in the
aftermath of last month's shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
School in Newtown, Conn.
The vice president said he is considering
several recommendations he has heard repeatedly from stakeholders -
including instituting universal background checks and limiting size of
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"There is a surprising, so far, recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks," Biden said.
Thursday afternoon, Biden and other senior administration officials
will meet with representatives from gun rights groups, including James
Baker, legislative director of the powerful National Rifle Association
Biden, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, are also
scheduled to meet with entertainment industry executives later Thursday.
will also hold a separate meeting with some of the nation's top gun
sellers, including the megaretailer Wal-Mart, to discuss the issue.
Wal-Mart had initially turned down an invitation from the Obama
administration to participate because the company said senior executives
were unavailable to travel.
"We underestimated the expectation to
attend the meeting on Thursday in person, so we are sending an
appropriate representative to participate," Wal-Mart spokesman David
Tovar said in a statement released Wednesday.
On Wednesday, at a
similar session with gun-safety and victims group, Biden said that the
president is considering using presidential "executive order" as part of
a broad effort to stem gun violence.
Biden said he was still hoping to have a conference call with gun manufacturers.
"There has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem but
diminish the probability" of future mass shootings, he said. "That's
what this is all about. There are no conclusions I have reached."