RICHMOND, VA—Ina Friday roundtable discussion at Virginia Commonwealth University,Vice President Joe Biden said the 2007 Virginiatech shooting illustrates the importance of background check for gun purchasers
Vice President Biden discussed ways to reduce gun violence during aroundtable discussion at VCU on Friday.
Bidennoted Friday that the student who shot and killed 32 people on the Blacksburg campus shouldn'thave been able to buy guns because of mental health issues.
President Barack Obama wants Congress to require background checks for allgun sales and ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacityammunition magazines.
Vice President Biden, as well as Secretary of Homeland Security JanetNapolitano, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, DeputyU.S. Attorney General Jim Cole and other Administration officials attended theFriday discussion.
Experts who worked on gun safety issues after the Virginia Tech shootings werealso be in attendance, as well as Senator Tim Kaine and Congressman BobbyScott.
Virginiahas an avidly pro-gun tradition, but lawmakers have been debating a bill torequire that private sellers conduct criminal background checks on buyers atgun shows. The current law only requires dealers to conduct the checks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2013 by YoungBroadcasting of Richmond
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