The tour includes visits to states represented by centrist senators who voted against a background check amendment in April, effectively killing gun-control legislation championed by the president in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. That bill would have required background checks on weapons purchased over the Internet and at gun shows, but fell five votes short of the 60 needed for passage.
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At a gun event earlier this month at the White House, Vice President Biden predicted that political pressure would force some elected officials in the upper chamber to reconsider.
"I know for a fact some of them wonder now if that was a prudent vote," Biden said.
"The country has changed," he continued. "You will pay a price, a political price for not getting engaged and dealing with gun safety."