The National Rifle Association said Congress will not pass a ban on so-called assault weapons, according to NRA President David Keene.
Keene said they have enough votes to block any such ban. He made the claim in a weekend interview with CNN about the White House's push to curb gun violence in the wake of last month's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
"You should absolutely be able to compromise on things that accomplish the purpose. Our objection to those things is that they interfere with people's rights without doing anything to solve the problem," Keene said.
"If you are going to solve the problem, there are two things that you have to do," he continued. "You have to get to the root of the problem, and in virtually all of these cases, that's a mental health problem. We have a mental health system that has collapsed."
Keene's interview comes as Vice President Joe Biden prepares to present his recommendations on gun control to the president Tuesday. The vice president will meet with House members to discuss gun violence Monday.
The NRA's president said while an assault weapons ban is unlikely, there are things that can be done.
"One of the things that we have pushed for, for a number of years is those who have been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent and potentially dangerous on to the list of those people who were prohibited from buying firearms," Keene said. "That has not been done."
"That should be done because most of the people who engage in these sort of things are people who have had real trouble," he concluded.