Springettsbury Twp. Police Chief Thomas Hyers holds a bullet at Girard College in Philadelphia on Monday after a round table discussion on gun control with
Springettsbury Twp. Police Chief Thomas Hyers holds a bullet at Girard College in Philadelphia on Monday after a round table discussion on gun control with vice president Joe Biden and other officials. (Matt Rourke The Associated Press)

Springettsbury Township's police chief said a roundtable discussion Monday with Vice President Joe Biden and others resulted in a shared sense that "the clock is ticking" on gun control reform.

Biden said the meeting yielded a shared sense of urgency for implementing tighter gun laws to prevent more tragedies like the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children.

Biden was joined Monday at Girard College by law enforcement officials and Democratic members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation.

Springettsbury Township Police Chief Thomas Hyers said it lasted more than 2-1/2 hours.

"There was a point where we just discussed openly that the clock is ticking," he said. "We have to put something in place to protect ourselves ... so we can ensure we don't have another (Sandy Hook) here in the future."

Hyers described the discussion as casual, and said the 2-1/2 hours seemed much shorter.

"My major (issue) was, in the president's plan one of the things he wants to push is (mass-shooting incident) training for law enforcement, first responders and educators. I wanted to stress that that really needs to be worked through," he said. "It must be a collaborative process."

Hyers said he also spoke about the need for background checks for people who buy firearms, and the need for stiffer penalties for people who violate current laws about firearms.

"We have laws that aren't being enforced," the chief said.

More discussions: Biden is expected to host an ongoing series of roundtable discussions around the country to promote the need for stricter gun control legislation.

The Obama administration wants Congress to require background checks for all gun sales, ban military-style weapons and limit high-capacity ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. The changes are being sought in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting on Dec. 14 that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

"We cannot wait," Biden said. "The images of those innocent little children being riddled with bullet holes has gripped the conscience of the nation, and the nation is demanding that we act responsibly."

Checks: Biden said there was widespread support for implementing universal background checks for gun purchases. He said the group also discussed increasing mental health facilities and access and restoring funding cuts for police grants.

"There is a sense of urgency for the United States of America, the federal government and local governments to act," Biden said. "There is no conflict, none, zero, of any of those things that were suggested here today with the Second Amendment."

Federal lawmakers joining Biden included Reps. Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allyson Schwartz, and Sen. Bob Casey. Also attending were Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

-- Associated Press reporter Joann Loviglio contributed to this report.