US National Rifle Association promises 'meaningful contribution' after Connecticut shooting
The National Rifle Association has said it wanted to contribute meaningfully to prevent another massacre like the Connecticut school shooting.
It suggested a sharp change in tone for the largest US gun rights group.
"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters - and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown," the organisation said in a statement.
According to the Telegraph, it said it plans a news conference on Friday after staying silent out of respect for families in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a school last Friday.
"The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again," the statement said.
The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States, partly because of its large and active membership, the report said.
For decades, the NRA has opposed almost all new gun control laws and regulations at national and state level.
After the shooting spree in Connecticut, the NRA has come under enormous pressure, some of it from pro-gun lawmakers allied with the association, including West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat and lifetime NRA member, the report added.