WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with police chiefs and sheriffs from major cities about gun violence on Monday, a White House official said.
The president is holding the private event one day before launching 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 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.
In an interview published by The New Republic on Sunday, Obama said the White House should continue to hear various points of view as the debate moves to Congress.
"So much of the challenge that we have in our politics right now is that people feel as if the game here in Washington is completely detached from their day-to-day realities. And that's not an unjustifiable view," he said.
The president also said that those on the other side "have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes."
Obama and Biden will meet in the Roosevelt Room with 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 -- will attend.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will also attend the meeting.
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