Biden going on road trip to push gun control

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to Virginia, a state that has experienced a school shooting but maintains an avidly pro-gun tradition.

Biden will travel to Richmond on Friday with other Obama administration officials and Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the White House announced Wednesday.

Today, Biden will take questions on ways to reduce gun violence during a Google Hangout, an interactive video chat that will stream live on the White House website and on the Google Plus social network.

President Barack Obama said last week that he wants Congress to require background checks for all gun sales and ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Biden heads the president's task force to study gun violence after last month's massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Aides say Obama also plans to travel to push the issue, although his destinations have not been announced.

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