Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Montclair, announced that she will serve on a Congressional task force charged with developing policies to reduce gun violence.

The task force is being chaired by Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa and is one of multiple efforts being led by Democratic politicians to examine gun control proposals and other policies after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December.

"We need to take a comprehensive, common sense approach to cut down on gun violence," McLeod said in a statement. "I believe a law-abiding citizen should be able to exercise their Second Amendment right to own a firearm. But I also believe there are certain steps we can take to prevent more Americans from being victims to gun violence."

Thompson's task force is expected to produce a set of proposals in early February. The Associated Press has reported that Vice President Joe Biden, also leading a similar group, will produce a list of recommendations by Tuesday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has also announced that she will introduce a bill to ban certain firearms designated as assault weapons in the near future.