The effort was the latest push by the White House to keep the president's gun-control plan on the front burner even as Congress is beginning debate over a comprehensive budget deal and immigration reform. Obama has called for a series of bills that would ban semi-automatic weapons with military features — often referred to as assault weapons — along with high-capacity magazines. The president has also called for universal background checks on gun purchases along with expanded research into the causes of gun violence.
Michael Kehoe, the police chief from Newton, Conn. — the site of December's mass shooting at an elementary school that left 20 children and 6 employees dead — was in attendance at the meeting, as well as top law enforcement officials from Aurora, Colo., the site of the movie theater shooting in July that left 12 dead, and Oak Creek, Wis., where six were killed at a Sikh temple.
The meeting was also attended by members of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association and Major County Sheriffs Association, as well as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
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