Vice President Joe Biden is hitting the road Friday, trying to drum up support for the president's gun control proposals.
Biden plans a roundtable discussion Friday in Richmond with experts who worked on gun safety following the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.
President Barack Obama wants Congress to require background checks for all gun sales and ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The president concedes passage will be difficult, but he also will travel to push the plan. His destinations have yet to be announced.
Biden says that the president's proposals are not aimed at at taking guns out of responsible gun owners' hands.
"It's not about keeping bad guns out of the hands of good people, it's about keeping all guns out of the hands of bad people."
Virginia has an avidly pro-gun tradition, but lawmakers have been debating a bill to require that private sellers conduct criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows. The current law only requires dealers to conduct the checks.