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Kansas City mayor, police chief join others in MN to discuss gun violence

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Vice President Joe Biden said his task force will make recommendations to President Barack Obama by Tuesday on ways to curb gun violence in this country.

Thursday the task force met with representatives of the National Rifle Association and other gun right groups. The NRA said it was disappointed by the meeting. The task force was set up following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

On the same day, a group of mayors and police chiefs, including Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James, was looking at the same issues.

The planning for the gun summit in Minneapolis, MN, started a year ago and the participants couldn't have imagined at that time how timely the conference would ultimately be.

Minneapolis' mayor, R.T. Rybak is meeting with 85 leaders from across the Midwest, leaders like police chiefs, other law enforcement officials, researchers and mayors. They're sharing ideas to come up with ways to stop crimes involving guns. They're discussing things like permits, background checks, mental health and assault weapons.

James has been tweeting from the conference and one of his tweets said he doesn't believe gun buyback programs work. He elaborated on the tweet Thursday afternoon.

"The interesting thing about gun buyback programs is, do we really expect for criminals to come in and give us their guns? There are many instances of people who have used guns to commit crimes and go sell them back to the police department and they wind up in the system where they can't ever be traced or connected to them. They don't take enough guns off the street," James said.

Kansas City, MO, Police Chief Darryl Forte was also in attendance at the two-day conference in Minneapolis which wrapped up Thursday.

You can follow James on Twitter at @MayorSlyJames and Forte at @ChiefForte.

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