Obama meets with police chiefs, sheriffs to talk guns
January 28th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
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Obama meets with police chiefs, sheriffs to talk guns

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities about gun violence on Monday, keeping the issue in the spotlight as the administration pushes for stricter firearm regulations.

"No group is more important for us to listen to than our law enforcement officials," Obama said. "They're where our rubber hits the road."

The president held the private event one day before he travels to Las Vegas to highlight his push for immigration reform, demonstrating the administration's plan to press multiple policy goals simultaneously.

After weeks of meetings with various stakeholders in the gun control debate, Obama and Biden announced earlier this month multiple legislative proposals aimed at curbing gun violence and 23 executive actions on guns and related mental health issues the president can take without congressional approval.

The legislative proposals include an assault weapons ban, a limit of 10 rounds per magazine and universal background checks that include anyone buying a gun, whether at a store or in a private sale at an auction or gun show.

Monday's meeting in the Roosevelt Room included representatives from the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs Association. Police chiefs of Aurora, Colorado, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and Newtown, Connecticut - all cities that experienced mass shootings last year - were in attendance.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were also at the meeting.

"I'm looking forward to a robust conversation," Obama said shortly before the meeting started. "I know that this is not a shy group, mainly because they're dealing with life or death situations every day."

"If law enforcement officials who are dealing with this stuff every single day can come to some basic consensus in terms of steps we need to take, Congress is going to be paying attention to them and we'll be able to make progress," the president added.

Meanwhile, the police chief of the nation's largest city offered his own insight on the issue Sunday. Ray Kelly, commissioner of the New York City Police Department, said on CBS that while he agrees with the assault weapons ban, he believes there's a larger issue at stake.

"In most urban centers of America, the problem really is concealable handguns," he said, adding that only two percent of people arrested for guns in the last two years had assault weapons. "We don't want (assault weapons) on the streets. Make no mistake about it, but the problem is the handgun."

- CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden • President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Hobby Bob

    i hope they arrest him for Conspiring against the rights of Americans. its a Federal Law that needs to be dusted it off.. it worked great to get the KKK out of government and it will work to get the Progressives out of Office. no elections needed. just arrest them and charge them.. convict them and they are banned from ever holding public office again. specially Feinstein who confessed on video in 1995 to wanting to ban all weapons and do door to door confiscations. this is a Felony Offense and she should be prosecuted. but like all things in this Apartheid Corrupt Criminal Government .. run by Bankers and their fascist agents ..im not holding my breath.. "Law Enforcement" will gladly brutalize some kid or old lady before taking on the Unfit to hold office Feds.

    January 28, 2013 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    If you are a gun owner, obama has already told the CDC to consider you as diseased. If you own a gun obama says that you are sick, so if you believe obama that he will support gun owners then you are just stupid. Tyranny in government is what is coming and the only way to stop it is through a well armed public.

    January 28, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  3. Name lynn

    When obama an the chiefs of police get done talking, its still impossable to keep them guns out of the wrong people hands. Crimmals an the bad guys yet will be getting guns in their hands, on one can stop people from getting guns.

    January 28, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  4. Jerry

    Talk, or REALLY coerce police chiefs and other law enforcement into supporting HIS idiotic/clueless gun control policies?! ("My administration will take some of your special funding away, WE will NOT support you on immigration, etc. etc., etc.")

    This MAN is a serial liar. I am starting to wonder if HE just can not help HIMSELF. Often times when you initiate a chain of lies you have no choice but to continue promulgating the lie. The saddest part is that some people will continue to slurp his spiked Kool Aid!

    América, stay tuned...

    January 28, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  5. fiftyfive55

    10 million illegal aliens in country,drug cartels flaunting their power in front of paid off politicians,inner city uncontrollable gang violence and she wants to disarm the law abiding citizens ??? Is she so out of touch with America's realities ???

    January 28, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  6. Disgusted

    "People feel that the game here in Washington" – There is the problem. This is not a game. This is about people's lives. Obama thinks everything is a game.

    January 28, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  7. Bob

    2nd amndt is there to make sure we can protect ourselves from our own gov. Therefore our gov has no authority to regulate it in any way period

    January 28, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  8. EG

    Mr. President, Mr, Vice President and Sen. Feinstein a quick constitutional reminder:

    10th AMENDMENT

    "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

    January 28, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  9. RINO Bill

    It seems that Obama is only talking to groups that are going to tell him what he wants to hear. He should ask those police chiefs what THEY think of immigration reform. Obama should also talk with firearms ethusiasts such as hunters, trick shot artists and competion target shooters for their opinion of Fienstein's proposed bill.

    January 28, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  10. GuestAgain

    Stay away from our guns BO and Dems. And, no budget = no immigration reform. Stop stealing from citizens to give to illegals.

    January 28, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |