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Jan 28, 2013 12:37 PM by Faye DeHoff

Tucson Police Chief attends White House meeting on gun control

WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama today met law enforcement officials from cities and towns that have experienced mass shootings. Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor was one of those at today's meeting.

The President said no group is more important than law enforcement in the gun debate. He said he recognizes the issue "elicits a lot of passion all across the country" but that Congress will pay attention to police.

He urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, limit high capacity magazines and require universal background checks.

The president spoke met with the heads of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs Association, members of his Cabinet and chiefs that responded to the worst shootings of 2012 in Aurora, Colo., Oak Creek, Wis., and Newtown, Conn, along with other law enforcement, including Chief Villasenor.

Also in the meeting, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, as well as Bruce Reed, Biden's chief of staff.

Mr. Obama thanked the police chiefs and sheriffs for coming to the White House today and recalled the executive actions he took earlier this month, as well as his legislative goals, and called on Congress to work with the administration to pass them.

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