Both Vice President Joe Biden and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will continue the battle on gun-control this week with talks about gun safety and how Hollywood, video games, mental health and sportsmen's groups might influence gun law changes.
Biden, who President Obama appointed head in the gun violence task force, will meet with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a range of other groups to kick gun-control reform into high gear.
The NRA, who are threatening to push for tighter gun laws against Obama's initiative, accepted the invitation to attend the meeting with Biden.
“We are sending a rep to hear what they have to say,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said.
The White House offered few details about the meeting, but a senior administration official said the White House would leave it up to the individual groups "to decide whether to make any comment on their attendance at those meetings.”
The meetings come in the wake of the White House reportedly pushing for broader gun-control laws that go beyond the ban on assault weapons. The task force, for example, is considering universal background checks for gun buyers and a national database to track the movement of weapons sold.
Biden would meet Wednesday with gun-safety organizations and groups representing shooting victims, and on Thursday with gun-ownership organizations and sportsmen’s groups.
Proposals are set to be given to the President by the end of the month, but many groups, like movie studios, are mulling about whether to send executives to talk to Biden about their role in gun-control. The Vice President will also meet with members of the video-game industry.
Christie is also sparking interest in how other factors might affect the war on guns.
While making his rounds on morning news shows, Christie said he's willing to have conversations about stricter gun control, but he urged policymakers to address the impact of mental health, drug treatment and violent video games.
Christie was asked about specific gun-control measures, and instead talked about violent video games. "We don't allow those games into our house...we think it desensitizes children to all the effects of violence," and added that all of the issues related to gun violence needed to be dealt with.
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