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Vice President continues series of meetings to help curb gun violence

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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, all in an effort to create policy that would help prevent gun violence in America. Our Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Erin Billups has the story.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Vice President Joe Biden says by Tuesday, he will hand President Obama his recommendations to reduce gun violence, expressing the urgent need to address the issue.

Biden said, "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."

The Vice President has been meeting with stakeholders this week. On Thursday, he met gun owner's groups, including the National Rifle Association, who, in a statement, criticized the meeting, saying, "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. 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. And 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. I also believe though there ought to be a way to keep guns out of the wrong people's hands," Representative Richard Hanna said.

"We have a Second Amendment right in our constitution and I think we need to abide by that. But I do think we need to look at some of these issues," said North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan.

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