New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg emerged Wednesday from a meeting on guns with Vice President Joe Biden more confident that Washington is moving toward action on new legislation.

“I walk away pleased, optimistic, I’m not under any delusion that this is a slam dunk or that it is already in the bag,” he said outside the White House following a West Wing meeting with the vice president and his son, Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware. “I think it is something that the time is coming. And if not now, it’ll be later. The difference is there are gonna be an awful lot more people murdered between now and later.”