Biden Pledges New Executive Action on Gun Control, Obama Denies

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Vice President Joe Biden reportedly told a group of “stakeholders” that the president is planning new executive action on guns, after the Senate shot down the background check bill on Wednesday. The White House responded to Biden’s statements saying President Obama will not pursue any executive action on guns other than what he put forth in January.

In a conference call, Biden told gun control advocates the fight for new gun measures is not over.

"Look, I know you're going to say that I'm just being an optimist and I'm trying to put a good face on this. But, you know, I've been around here a long time and we've already done, because of you, some really good things," Biden said. "Number one, the president is already lining up some additional executive actions he's going to be taking later this week."

Buzzfeed reported that the press was not invited to the meeting, but “a participant provided BuzzFeed with access.”

Executive action has addressed helping schools that want to hire armed guards and training teachers to identify and get help for potential school shooters, Biden reportedly discussed.

"We also are going to have a national mental health dialogue where we're going to vastly expand mental health availability under the Mental Health Parity act as well as the Affordable Care Act,” Biden noted in the call.

He recalled how many attempts it took to pass the Brady Bill, signed into law in 1993. Named for former White House Press Secretary James Scott Brady, who was shot during the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981, The Brady Violence Prevention Act put in place federal background checks on firearms purchasers on of Feb. 28, 1994.

Biden believes that in the end gun control advocates will win over the gun lobby.

The White House denied any additional action will be taken other than the 23 actions Obama announced in January.

Sources: Mediaite, Buzzfeed