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Biden heads to Virginia to push gun-control

By NEDRA PICKLER | Associated Press
January 25, 2013

President Barack Obama listens at left as Vice President Joe Biden speaks about proposals to reduce gun violence in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. There is a legal avenue to get any gun you want somewhere in the U.S., thanks to the maze of gun statutes across the country and the lack of federal laws. An Associated Press analysis finds that there are thousands of laws, rules and regulations at the local, county, state and federal levels.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Barack Obama listens at left as Vice President Joe Biden speaks about proposals to reduce gun violence in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. There is a legal avenue to get any gun you want somewhere in the U.S., thanks to the maze of gun statutes across the country and the lack of federal laws. An Associated Press analysis finds that there are thousands of laws, rules and regulations at the local, county, state and federal levels.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Vice President Joe Biden is taking the White House’s campaign for gun control on the road to Virginia.

Biden plans a roundtable discussion Friday in Richmond with experts who worked on gun safety following the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.

President Barack Obama wants Congress to require background checks for all gun sales and ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The president concedes passage will be difficult, but he also will travel to push the plan. His destinations have yet to be announced.

Virginia has an avidly pro-gun tradition, but lawmakers have been debating a bill to require that private sellers conduct criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows. The current law only requires dealers to conduct the checks.
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