Vice President Joe Biden told reporters before his Thursday meeting with the National Rifle Association that he expects to submit new gun control recommendations to President Barack Obama by next Tuesday, possibly including universal background checks, a national firearms registration database, and magazine round restrictions.
Biden said the recommendations will be based on suggestions from key interest groups that met with him over the last several weeks, including pro-gun groups, gun control advocates, and video game creators.
"There has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem, but diminish the probability" of future shootings, Biden told reporters Thursday. "That's what this is all about. There are no conclusions I have reached."
Biden mentioned, however, that he is considering recommendations to implement "universal background checks," eliminate the sale of high-capacity magazines, and start gathering data on gun violence to track national trends.
"There is a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks, not just close the gun show loophole but totally universal background checks including private sales," Biden added.
Biden, who owns shotguns for skeet shooting, says that "there is nothing that has pricked the consciousness of the American people" like learning about "little six-year-olds riddled ... with bullet holes in their class."
The NRA released a statement following the meeting, indicating Biden had already made up his mind on many of the policies before they walked into the meeting.
"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment," the NRA said in a statement. "While claiming that no policy proposals would be 'prejudged,' this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners—honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans."
"We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen," the NRA said.
Biden's recommendations will come as several gun control bills make their way through Congress and as a handful of states either debate restrictions on gun ownership or lock-in laws that protect gun rights.
Here is a list of groups Biden and other cabinet members met with Thursday:
- Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
- BlueWater Strategies
- Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance Action Fund
- Ducks Unlimited
- Outdoor Industry Association
- Pheasants Forever
- Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
- Wildlife Management Institute
- Defense Small Arms Advisory Council
- Firearms Import/Export Roundtable
- Independent Firearm Owners Association
- National Rifle Association of America
- National Shooting Sports Foundation
- National Association of Arms Shows
Biden also plans to meet with representatives of the entertainment industry, which NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called a "callous" and "corrupt" industry in a December speech.
But others say blaming violent video games is simply an excuse, and that if military-style rifles were banned, there would be fewer mass shootings.
The entertainment groups Biden was scheduled to meet with Thursday include:
- Branded Entertainment
- Comcast Corporation
- Directors Guild of America
- Film & Television Alliance
- Motion Picture Association of America
- National Association of Broadcasters
- National Association of Theatre Owners
- National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Attorney General Eric Holder also met with major gun retailers, including:
- Bass Pro Shops
- Big 5 Sporting Goods
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- Dunham's Sports
- Gander Mountain
- Sportsman's Warehouse