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NRA to attend White House meetings on gun violence

The National Rifle Association is sending a representative to meet Biden, and the gun violence task force.

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A protester just before the NRA press conference on Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pro-gun groups – including the National Rifle Association – will attend meetings at the White House this week as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun violence task force.

The NRA and National Shooting Sports Foundation have both agreed to send representatives, CNN reported.

James J. Baker, director of federal relations for the NRA Institute of Legislative Action, will attend to “hear what they have to say,” spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN.

President Barack Obama asked Biden to lead the task force following the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn.

On Dec. 14, 2012, gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first graders and seven adults before shooting himself.

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The NSSF is based in Newtown, and said it was anxious to join the “full national conversation” on guns, CNN said.

The task force will also listen to victims’ groups, the entertainment industry, anti-gun campaigners and other pro-gun lobbyists, AFP reported.

“I think as the president said, he doesn’t want to prejudge any recommendations that any stakeholder might present,” White House representative Jay Carney said.

The meetings are to take place Thursday.

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