On the eve of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Vice President Joe Biden will be in Philadelphia on Monday holding a roundtable with local law enforcement officials about gun violence.
Biden will be joined by congressional Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Reps. Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz, according to the White House.
Logistics of the event have not been made public.
The visit foreshadows what is expected to be a major point of Obama's nationally televised annual address to Congress. The White House has made gun safety issues a top legislative priority since the murders of 20 elementary school children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., just before Christmas.
Obama tasked Biden with leading the charge to put together recommendations on gun-safety measures, which the two men unveiled three weeks ago. They've called on Congress to pass universal background checks, limits on high-capacity magazines and an assault weapons ban.
Dozens of gun-related bills have been introduced in Congress in the last several weeks. The Lehigh Valley's new congressman, Matt Cartwright, has signed on to co-sponsor four of them. He sits on a House Democratic task force on gun violence prevention.
Meanwhile, Franklin & Marshall College released a poll Thursday of Pennsylvania voters that found overwhelming support for new gun laws. Nearly every person polled -- 94 percent -- supports a background check for all gun sales, 61 percent support banning high-capacity magazines and 61 percent support an assault weapons ban.
The survey of 622 voters reached Jan. 29-Feb. 3 has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.9 percentage points.
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