VP Biden pushes for gun control background checks

By Amy Cherry 4:25pm, January 25, 2013 - Updated 10:41am, January 27, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a round table discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. The panelists included officials who worked on the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings. (AP
Vice President Joe Biden took the White House's campaign for gun control on the road to Virginia.

He held a roundtable discussion in Richmond, where he highlighted the 2007 Virginia tech shooting, by illustrating the importance of background checks for gun purchasers.

"We talked about the need to expand mental health capacity across the country; we talked about access, and we talked about resources," says Biden.

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Biden says they also talked about increasing the number of police.

"We talked about there is some value to having additional law enforcement officers available in the cities and states, and that's why the President has proposed to add another 15,000 folks through the COPS program," Biden says.

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President Obama wants Congress to require background checks for all gun sales and ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Governor Markell and the Vice President's son, Attorney General Beau Biden have also introduced a package of similar gun control measures though they don't stretch as far as the federal plan.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report).



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