The Vice President engaged in an online Facebook Town Hall with Parents Magazine on Feb 19, 2013. The following quotes are from ABCNEews.go.com and wil be replaced by a transcript when I have one.
“The Constitution does allow the government to conclude that there are certain types of weapons that no one can legally own. Now, if that were not the case, then you should be able to go buy a flame-thrower that the military has. You should be able to go, if you’re a billionaire, buy an F-15 [jet fighter] loaded with ordnance. You should be able to buy an M1 tank. You should be able to buy a machine gun. You should be able to buy a grenade launcher. And you can’t do those things.”
The vice president said if one accepts those limitations, the question becomes balancing the right to weapons for self defense, sporting, and those outlawed….
“There is no ban on guns,” he said. “No one’s banning the gun…. We’re talking about a background check.”