Vice-President Joe Biden (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - Vice President Biden said Thursday that he plans to deliver his gun violence task force's recommendations to President Obama by early next week.
"I have committed to him that I will have the recommendations to him by Tuesday," Biden said.
The vice president's comments came at the start of a meeting with representatives of hunters and wildlife interest groups. Biden was tapped to develop a broad set of recommendations for Obama in the aftermath of last month's shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The vice president said he is considering several recommendations he has heard repeatedly from stakeholders - including instituting universal background checks and limiting size of high-capacity magazines.
"There is a surprising, so far, recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks," Biden said.
Later Thursday afternoon, Biden and other senior administration officials will meet with representatives from gun rights groups, including James Baker, legislative director of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA).
Biden, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, are also scheduled to meet with entertainment industry executives later Thursday.
Holder will also hold a separate meeting with some of the nation's top gun sellers, including the megaretailer Wal-Mart, to discuss the issue. Wal-Mart had initially turned down an invitation from the Obama administration to participate because the company said senior executives were unavailable to travel.
"We underestimated the expectation to attend the meeting on Thursday in person, so we are sending an appropriate representative to participate," Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said in a statement released Wednesday.
On Wednesday, at a similar session with gun-safety and victims group, Biden said that the president is considering using presidential "executive order" as part of a broad effort to stem gun violence.
Biden said he was still hoping to have a conference call with gun manufacturers.
"There has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem but diminish the probability" of future mass shootings, he said. "That's what this is all about. There are no conclusions I have reached."