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Obama May Take "Executive Action" Over Gun Control, Says Biden

Vice President Joe Biden said that the administration is determined to act swiftly

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Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is seriously considering "executive action" on gun control.

“The president is going to act,” Biden, who is spearheading the White House's concerted response to the Newtown, Conn. school shootings, said to reporters before his meetings with victims of gun violence and firearm safety groups, the Washington Post reported.

"We are not going to get caught up in the notion that unless we do everything we're going to do nothing," said the vice president, Reuters reported. "There is a pretty wide consensus on three or four or five things in the gun safety area that could and should be done."

He said that the Sandy Hook shooting, which left 26 people including 20 children dead, “touched the heart of the American people so profoundly” and “requires immediate, urgent action," according to the Hill.

Biden's comments represent the first time the Obama administration has suggested it may bypass Congress to put anti-gun violence measures into law, Business Insider reported.

The vice president and his aides have already suggested a renewal of the expired assault weapons ban, as well as improving background checks and adding restrictions on the sizes of high-capacity ammunition magazines, USA Today reported.

Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign said background checks on gun buyers are a key subject because 40 percent of gun sales occur without them.

He said he's been impressed by the scope of the administration's task force on gun violence so far.

"Everything we've seen from this task force underscored everything that the president has been saying," Gross said.

Gross insisted the debate doesn't mean taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.

"This is not a debate on the second amendment," he said, adding that administration officials are committed to "staking out a middle ground" on the gun issue, expressing a willingness to use executive action where that's appropriate, as well.

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