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Feldman says he pushed for more NIBIN funding in the Jan. 10 meeting with Biden.
“This tells me they listened,” he says.
"We still have some major disagreements,” Feldman adds, “but we shouldn't allow the things that divide us from moving forward on the many issues we agree upon, this [NIBIN] being an important one.”
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, discussion of the next steps to take to combat gun violence continues. On Wednesday afternoon, the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force will hold a hearing, with testimony from sportsmen, gun-rights advocates, law enforcement, and mental-health professionals.
According to Rep. Mike Thompson (D) of California, chairman of the task force, the hearing will focus on steps Congress can take to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them, while protecting the rights of responsible, law-abiding citizens.
Gun violence became a top concern for the Obama administration after a massacre of schoolchildren last month in Newtown, Conn. Obama mentioned Newtown in his inaugural address Monday, as he went through the priorities of his second term. On Tuesday, three people were wounded in a shooting at a community college near Houston.