Biden Plan Due on Background Checks, Assault Weapons; NRA Dissents


Vice President Joe Biden will call next week for a White House push for broad measures to stem gun violence, citing growing support for tighter background checks on gun purchasers, restrictions on high-capacity clips, and other moves, probably including a renewal of the federal ban on assault-style weapons, says the Wall Street Journal. The National Rifle Association delivered a swift rebuke after a meeting yesterday with Biden, saying the administration was gearing up for an attack on gun ownership.

“We disagreed, obviously, on important issues,” said NRA lobbyist James Baker. The NRA said it was “disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.” The White House is working quietly with outside advocates and religious groups to lay the groundwork for a campaign to build political support for gun-control efforts. The challenge of moving anything through Congress remains high. Biden said he had heard a “surprising recurrence” of suggestions from groups he consulted that the nation require a background check for every gun purchase. Currently, checks are only needed for purchases from federally licensed dealers.

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