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Biden: Expect gun task force recommendations Tuesday

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden said a consensus is emerging from his gun-violence task force to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines along with tightening background checks on gun owners.

Pledging swift action, Biden said he will deliver his final recommendations to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.

Some of those measures are likely to face opposition from some pro-gun groups, most notably the National Rifle Association. After its chief lobbyist met with Biden Thursday, the group indicated it was unlikely to be a willing partner. "We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen," the group said in a statement at the end of a 95-minute meeting.

Obama, after the horrific shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., appointed Biden to lead a task force on preventing gun violence. He set a late January deadline for recommendations, which he pledged to act on swiftly.

The vice president said yesterday that while no recommendations would eliminate all future mass shootings, "there has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem but diminish the probability."

The NRA, the nation's largest gun-rights group, has worked to block gun-control efforts in the past and is opposing any new ones. In the wake of the Newtown shootings, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre rejected efforts to tighten gun laws and instead recommended putting armed guards in all schools.

LaPierre was not scheduled to attend the White House meeting. Instead, the NRA dispatched lobbyist James Baker.

Biden was also meeting yesterday with sportsmen and wildlife organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, the Outdoor Industry Association and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as well as the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Firearms Import/Export Roundtable.

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