The nation's largest gun-rights lobby said Thursday its meeting at the White House with Vice President Joe Biden was more about demonizing the Second Amendment than about keeping students safe.
The National Rifle Association said the participants spent most their time on proposals to limit gun rights.
"We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen," the group said in a statement at the end of a 95-minute meeting.
The politically powerful group -- under public pressure since December's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman massacred 20 children and six women -- said it will now work with Congress to discuss what works in preventing violence and what does not.
The NRA previously proposed armed security in every American school.
Earlier Thursday, Biden said his task force on ways to reduce gun violence is looking at an emerging set of recommendations and he will hand them over to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.
Biden, at a meeting of hunting and outdoor sport groups, said two recommendations were likely to be an appeal for universal background checks for gun purchasers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips.
Biden said only a "tight window" exists for action and that he will hand over his recommendations by Tuesday to Obama.
At the White House meeting, Biden told the group he has "never quite heard so much talk about high-capacity magazines" as he has since last month's horrific mass shooting in Newtown.