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Ahead of Executive Action on Gun Control, Obama Meets With Michael Bloomberg

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"... ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them."

President Barack Obama met Wednesday with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as the White House has said the administration is finalizing its plans for executive action on gun control.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was also at the meeting, according to the White House.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to the media outside the West Wing of the White House after meeting with Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Vice President Biden and Mayor Bloomberg discussed the Obama administration's proposals to reduce gun violence. Bloomberg was also scheduled to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednsday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer/Getty Images

“The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America,” the White House said in a statement. “The president also thanked him for his dedication to such an important issue.”

Bloomberg was a staunch advocate of gun control when he served as the mayor of New York. Further, he started an organization known as Mayors Against Gun Violence, renamed Everytown for Gun Safety after the billionaire left office.

Obama also talked to Bloomberg about the international climate agreement reached in Paris over the last weekend.

“Additionally, the president thanked Mayor Bloomberg for his leadership as UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate in helping to achieve the historic climate agreement in Paris on December 12,” the White House statement said. “The president and Mayor Bloomberg discussed the importance of state and local climate action in implementing the agreement as well as the President's Climate Action Plan.”

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