The National Rifle Association indicated it would have nothing more to do with the administration's efforts to curb gun violence after its meeting with Vice President Biden on Thursday.
Earlier it appeared that gun control advocates and law enforcement involved in the Biden-led talks were coalescing around a few policies, including a ban on high-capacity magazines and universal background checks. The gun lobby has strongly opposed those policies.
Here's the full statement the NRA issued after the meeting with Biden:
The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.
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. 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. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not.
Biden and the NRA have long had a rocky relationship, as the Fix noted earlier today.
This post has been updated since it was first published.