Building Support: The White House’s Gun Safety Agenda

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The White House is lit in orange in honor of Gun Violence Awareness Day Friday, June 2, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Senior White House officials hosted a meeting Tuesday with over 20 law enforcement leaders from across the country to discuss the critical issue of reducing gun violence through what they’re calling common sense legislation.

The focus of the discussion was building support for an assault weapons and high-capacity magazine ban, among other necessary measures. The meeting stemmed from President Biden’s USA Today op-ed published back in May, where he laid out a roadmap for advancing gun safety legislation, building upon the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Law enforcement leaders shared their concerns about officers being outgunned by criminals armed with assault weapons and the devastating impact these weapons have on communities. The White House officials listened to the valuable insights provided by the law enforcement representatives, emphasizing the need to mobilize a broad coalition to demand Congress take action in banning assault weapons and implementing practical steps to curb gun violence.

The law enforcement leaders in attendance included Chief William Scott of the San Francisco Police Department, Commissioner Sean Duryee of the California Highway Patrol, and Deputy Chief David Kowalski of the Los Angeles Police Department, among others.


Click play to listen to the AURN News report from Jamie Jackson:

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