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Biden to Meet with NRA, Walmart on Day Two of Gun Talks

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Joe Biden will start day two of this week's meetings on gun violence on Thursday, and the participants in the latest round of talks will include two powerhouses in the gun industry -- the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Walmart, one of the largest sellers of firearms in the country.

Spokesmen for the NRA and Walmart confirmed representatives from their organizations will be included in the meetings Thursday.  Advocates for sportsmen, women's groups, wildlife groups and gun owners will also be there.  The vice president is slated to meet with members of the entertainment industry in the evening.

James J. Baker, the NRA's top lobbyist, will attend the meeting on behalf of the organization.  The NRA called for armed officers to be placed in every school after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.

"We are sending a representative to hear what they have to say," Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the NRA, said.

Walmart initially turned down an invitation to participate in the talks but reversed its decision after it "underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on Thursday in person," a spokesman said.

"We take this issue very seriously and are committed staying engaged in this discussion as the administration and Congress work toward a consensus on the right path forward," David Tovar, vice president of corporate communications for Walmart, said.

The latest meetings come one day after Biden held a first round of talks this week with gun safety advocate groups and victims and survivors of gun violence.  Speaking to reporters before the meeting, the vice president expressed the administration's commitment to develop effective gun policy by considering all ideas.  He suggested the administration would be ready to take executive action on the issue, which would not require help from Congress.

"We're here today to deal with a problem that requires our immediate action, urgent action.  And the president and I are determined to take action," Biden told reporters Wednesday before a meeting in his ceremonial office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  "I want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion [that] unless we can do everything, we're going to do nothing."

"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 the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members, as well as legislative action, we believe, is required," Biden said.

Biden also held conference calls with 15 governors and 16 state and local elected officials on Wednesday.

Shortly after the shootings in which 26 children and educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month, President Obama assigned Biden to head a task force and offer suggestions on curbing gun violence.

"Every once in a while there's something that awakens the conscience of the country, and that tragic event did in a way like nothing I've seen in my career," Biden said on Wednesday.

Biden's group is required to submit recommendations to the president by the end of the month.

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Walmart Reverses Stance, Will Attend Biden Gun Meeting

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Representatives from Walmart, one of the largest sellers of firearms in the U.S., will attend gun violence meetings with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday after initially turning down the invitation, a spokesperson for the company confirmed on Wednesday.

Biden, cabinet members and senior staff are preparing to hold meetings this week with a number of groups focused on the problem of gun violence.  On Thursday, he will meet with advocates for sportsmen and women and gun ownership groups, including the National Rifle Association.

“Knowing our senior leaders could not be in Washington this week, we spoke in advance with the Vice President’s office to share our perspective.  We underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on Thursday in person, so we are sending an appropriate representative to participate,” David Tovar, vice president of corporate communications for Walmart, said in a statement.

“We take this issue very seriously and are committed staying engaged in this discussion as the Administration and Congress work toward a consensus on the right path forward,” Tovar said.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart would not send a representative due to a scheduling conflict.

Walmart sells guns in 1,650 of its more than 3,800 stores.  The retailer pulled certain types of guns from its website after the shooting that killed 20 children in Newtown, Conn.

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Supreme Court to Release 1 to 4 Opinions Wednesday

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Wednesday marks the last day of oral arguments at the Supreme Court and the first day of the justices’ annual behind-closed-door scramble to finish drafting all outstanding opinions by the final week of June. As things stand now the last day of the term will be sometime during the week of June 27.

The justices will release anywhere between one and four decisions on Wednesday.

Here are some of the more interesting cases:

Violent Video Games:  The Court will decide whether states can forbid the sale of violent video games to children. At issue is a California law, never allowed to go into effect, that provides for up to a $1,000 fine to retailers who sell violent video games to minors. The law defines the games as depicting “maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being.” The video game industry argues that the law violates free speech and that parents should be left to decide what their children buy. Americans spend more than $10 billion a year on video games.

Prison Overcrowding: The state of California is arguing that a federal court order mandating the state to reduce the prison population by 40,000 over two years is too drastic a measure that will endanger public safety. The case stems from two lawsuits that have been wending their ways through the courts for years challenging the health care available in the overcrowded prison system.

Arizona immigration: The Chamber of Commerce and immigration groups have come together to challenge the constitutionality of the Legal Arizona Worker’s Act that severely sanctions employers for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. The case is being carefully watched as a possible precursor for another controversial Arizona law requiring police to ask for papers from anyone they think might be in the country illegally.

Walmart: The Court will decide whether to allow one of the largest employment discrimination cases in history to go forward.  The case stems from a suit filed by six women who say they had been paid less than men in comparable positions despite having higher performance ratings and greater seniority.

Material Witness statute: Nearly eight years ago Abdullah Al-Kidd, an American citizen and former football player at the University of Idaho, was arrested by the FBI and held for 15 days because of his connections to a suspected terrorist. Al-Kidd was never charged with a crime and is now seeking to sue former Attorney General John Ashcroft, arguing that he was improperly detained. The U.S. government, representing Ashcroft, argues he should receive immunity from such suits. 

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