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Former DC Police Chief Charles Ramsey offers suggestions on gun control

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner and former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey Philadelphia Police Commissioner and former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey
WASHINGTON -

Former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey met with Vice President Joe Biden (and other cabinet members) Thursday on the issue of gun control.

It was the first meeting of a White House working group which has been given the task of coming up with policy suggestions to make the nation safer. President Barack Obama established the group in the wake of a school shooting in Connecticut in which 20 children were murdered, as well as a half dozen adults.

In a brief photo opportunity at the top of the meeting, Vice President Biden told several law enforcement leaders, "The President is absolutely committed to keeping his promise that we will act. And we will act in a way that ... if we can only save one life, we have to take action."

The medical examiner in Connecticut has concluded that the shooter used an assault rifle to murder the children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Vice President Biden indicated the administration will quickly ask Congress to re-impose the ban on sales of assault rifles. To do that, Biden told the meeting, "We're going to need the advocacy of the law enforcement organizations in this country."

Sitting to the left of the Vice President was Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who used to be the police chief here in D.C.

Ramsey supports reestablishing the ban on selling assault weapons in the U.S. He has other suggestions on gun safety, including closing "The gun show loophole [which allows] private sales between individuals."

Ramsey also suggests federal scrutiny in other areas: "Internet sales of ammunition and firearms. There's technology such as micro-stamping new weapons that should, perhaps, be explored. In addition to that, technology to create a database, so that it makes it a little easier to trace some of these guns."

On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder, who is also on the special working group, will travel to Connecticut to speak with law enforcement officials who had to respond to the shooting spree.

Also on Friday, representatives of the National Rifle Association will give that organization's first detailed response to the murders in Connecticut and to the subsequent calls for restrictions on firearms.

That NRA news conference will take place in Washington at 10:45 a.m.

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