President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden met with police chiefs and sheriffs from around the country to talk about gun violence Monday.
The meeting took place in the White House’s Roosevelt Room and included police chiefs from cities that have experienced mass shootings over the past year, including Aurora, Colo.; Oak Street, Wisc.; and Newtown, Conn.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were also on hand to hear from the law enforcement officials.
Mr. Obama thanked the police chiefs and sheriffs for coming to the White House and discussed the executive actions he took earlier this month. He also listed several of his legislative goals, calling on Congress to work with the administration to pass them.
“As we’ve indicated before, the only way that we are going to be able to do everything that can be done is with the cooperation of Congress, and that means passing serious laws that restrict access to and availability of assault weapons and magazine clips that aren’t necessary for hunters and sportsmen — those responsible gun owners who are out there,” he said.
“It means that we are serious about universal background checks. It means we take seriously issues of mental health and school safety,” he added.
Mr. Obama’s legislative proposals to combat gun violence include an assault weapons ban, limits on rounds per magazine, and universal background checks on anyone buying a gun, whether at a store, private sale or gun show.