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Biden to meet with House Dems on guns

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden will meet with the House Democratic task force on gun violence at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Monday morning, according to a White House official.

Along with Mr. Biden, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be on hand to hear from the group.

The task force was formed in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, and Rep. Mike Thompson, who leads the group, hosted three “gun-violence prevention” forums in his Northern California district last week and plans to hold congressional hearings in Washington later this month.

The task force is made up of a diverse group of lawmakers who hold varying positions on gun control, including Reps. Carolyn McCarthy of New York, whose husband was gunned down and son severely injured on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train in 1993 and supports strict gun control; John Dingell of Michigan, a longtime ally of the National Rifle Association; and Ron Barber of Arizona, who was injured in the Tucson shooting that almost killed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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