After initially balking, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will send a representative to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday as part of Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s efforts to address gun violence this week, a White House official said Thursday.
The retail giant and country’s largest munitions seller had initially declined an invitation to participate, saying that no executives were available this week.
“Knowing our senior leaders could not be in Washington this week, we spoke in advance with the vice president’s office to share our perspective,” said spokesman David Tovar. “We underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on Thursday in person, so we are sending an appropriate representative to participate.”
Mr. Biden, who has been tapped by President Obama to lead a task force on gun violence, met with gun safety and gun victims’ groups Wednesday.
Mr. Biden is meeting Thursday with sportsmen and women and wildlife interest groups, gun owners’ groups, such as the National Rifle Association, and the entertainment industry, including the Motion Picture Association of America.
Per a White House official, here is a complete schedule and list of attendees for Thursday’s meetings, according to a pool report:
11:45 a.m.: Sportsmen and Women and Wildlife Interest Groups:
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance Action Fund
Outdoor Industry Association
Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Wildlife Management Institute
1:45 p.m.: Gun Owners’ Groups:
Defense Small Arms Advisory Council (DSAAC.)
Firearms Import/Export Roundtable
Independent Firearm Owners Association (IFoA)
National Rifle Association of America
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Association of Arms Shows
6 p.m.: Representatives from the Entertainment Industry:
Directors Guild of America
Independent Film & Television Alliance
Motion Picture Association of America
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Theatre Owners
National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Supplied by the Justice Department:
Today, at 3:15 the Attorney General will meet with retailers as part of the ongoing gun violence sessions being held at the White House by Vice President Biden.
Below is a list of the retailers who will be attendance.
• Academy Sports + Outdoors
• Bass Pro Shops
• Big 5 Sporting Goods
• Dick’s Sporting Goods
• Dunham’s Sports
• Gander Mountain
• Sportsman’s Warehouse