January 8th, 2013
01:15 PM ET

NRA sending representative to White House meetings on gun violence

The National Rifle Association will send a representative to the White House's meetings this week on gun violence, an NRA spokesman said Tuesday.

The group received an invitation late Friday, and "we are sending a rep to hear what they have to say," NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said.

Another major gun rights group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), will also participate in the meetings, which are slated for Wednesday and Thursday

Days after last month's shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, President Barack Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead a task force that would give recommendations to prevent another mass shooting. The president gave the group a deadline of "no later than January."