Biden: Obama Will Act on Guns, Can Use Executive Orders

By Eric Scheiner | January 9, 2013 | 12:51 PM EST


(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - Vice President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that President Obama is going to take action on gun control and that he can do it through "executive orders."

“I want it clear to the American public that on behalf of the president we are reaching out to all parties, on whatever side of this debate you fall," said Biden.

"But the president is going to act," he said. "There are executive orders, executive action, that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members--as well as legislative action we believe is required.”

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President Barack Obama appointed Biden to head a task force to put together options for the federal actions on firearms. Obama made the move following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The group is set to make recommendations to Obama by the end of January.

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