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Biden Takes Gun Control Message to Virginia

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to the state of Virginia Friday to try to build public support for a series of gun control initiatives the White House has proposed.

Biden led a two-hour roundtable meeting with U.S. lawmakers, administration officials and local leaders in Virginia's capital, Richmond, about ways to prevent further gun violence in the United States.

He repeated President Barack Obama's call for nationwide background checks for anyone who buys a gun in the United States.



"There should be universal background checks. Universal background checks. It in no way impacts upon someone's ability, under the Constitution, to own a gun. Zero. Zero."



Last month, President Obama appointed Biden to assemble recommendations on measures to prevent further gun violence after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Biden's trip to Richmond is one of a number of trips administration officials are expected to take in the coming weeks to build support for the president's gun control proposals.



In addition to universal background checks, Mr. Obama wants Congress to approve limits on high capacity ammunition magazines and ban assault-style weapons.

The National Rifle Association has accused Mr. Obama of attacking the Second Amendment right to own guns and vows to fight gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.

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