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Biden Meets With Groups To Discuss New Gun Control Policies

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Vice President Joe Biden has been meeting with clergy, gun rights advocates, the video game industry, gun retailers and gun owner groups in an effort to create policy that would help prevent gun violence in America. NY1's Erin Billups has the story.

Vice President Joe Biden said by Tuesday he will hand President Barack Obama his recommendations to reduce gun violence. He said there is an urgent need to address the issue.

"There's nothing that has gone to the heart of the matter more than the visual image people have of little six year old kids being riddled, not shot with a stray bullet, riddled, riddled with bullet holes in their classroom," Biden said.

On Thursday he met gun owner's groups, including the National Rifle Association, who in a criticized the meeting.

"We were 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 NRA said in a statement. "It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen."

During an earlier gathering with hunting groups, Biden stressed a desire to respect the rights of gun owners.

"I think we can do a great deal without in anyway imposing on, impinging the rights of the second amendment," Biden said.

He listed some of the recommendations that have emerged from his meetings, like universal background checks, limits on high capacity magazines and improving the government's ability to gather information on gun violence.

It seems lawmakers are looking forward to seeing the recommendations, even some Republicans and moderate Democrats.

"I'm a guns rights supporter, I always have been," said Central New York Rep. Richard Hanna. "I also believe though, there ought to be a way to keep guns out of the wrong people's hands."

"We have a second amendment right in our Constitution and I think we need to abide by that," Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) said. "But I do think we need to look at some of these issues." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP