Biden to take hunters' questions for Field & Stream magazine

"Any question is valid, as long as it pertains to guns," the magazine said.

Vice President Joe Biden will take questions from hunters in an in-person interview with Field & Stream magazine.

Biden will sit down on Feb. 14 with editors of the magazine, which is asking readers to send in their questions on President Barack Obama's gun proposals.

"What do you want to know about the administration's plans for and positions on making background checks universal?" Field & Stream said on its website. "Limiting high capacity magazines? Banning so-called 'assault' weapons? The importance of the Second Amendment?"

"Any question is valid, as long as it pertains to guns," said the magazine for hunting and fishing enthusiasts.

Obama tapped Biden to lead a team that would come up with proposals to reduce gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut grade school that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Some of the proposals cited by Field & Stream, such as criminal background checks for all gun sales and renewal of a federal ban on sales of military-style assault weapons that was in effect from 1994 to 2004, would require approval by Congress. Other measures, like requiring federal law enforcement officials to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations, Obama could enact by executive order.

As for Biden's gun bona fides, the VP responded to a question about assault weapons and self-defense in a Google+ "hangout" on Obama's gun proposals by saying, "Guess what? A shotgun will keep you a lot safer, a double-barreled shotgun, than the assault weapon in somebody’s hands [who] doesn’t know how to use it."

"It’s harder to use an assault weapon to hit something than it is a shotgun," Biden continued. "You want to keep people away in an earthquake? Buy some shotgun shells."


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