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Biden’s Gun Push Draws NRA Ire

by COLLEEN MCCAIN NELSON and GARY FIELDS, Wall Street Journal  |  published on January 13, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he would recommend the 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.

But the National Rifle Association delivered a swift rebuke following a meeting with Mr. Biden, saying the administration was gearing up for an attack on gun ownership.

Mr. Biden said he would deliver his recommendations Tuesday to President Barack Obama, who has promised a quick effort to put them into practice. The strong opposition from the NRA, the nation’s most powerful gun-rights group, suggested proponents of new measures had substantial work to do to build political support.

“We disagreed, obviously, on important issues,” said James Baker, director of federal affairs for the NRA, who attended the meeting Thursday with Mr. Biden. In a written statement, 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.”

Mr. Biden and other administration officials have met with a range of groups this week, among them medical associations, victims’ rights and sportsmen’s organizations, entertainment-industry trade groups and gun retailers, as part of an assignment from Mr. Obama to draw up a response to the school killings last month in Newtown, Conn.

Mr. Biden detailed some of his potential recommendations before a morning meeting with sportsmen’s groups and others, saying they had arisen from his discussions so far and had broad support.

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