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Tucson police chief meets with Obama

Chief Roberto Villaseñor (Source: Tucson Police Department) Chief Roberto Villaseñor (Source: Tucson Police Department)

By Megan Canterbury / Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) – Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today at the White House to discuss gun violence in the United States.

Villaseñor is part of a group of police executives invited to Washington for a series of meetings this week aimed at bringing about a conversation that could spark positive change in the national gun violence debate.

Today's meeting encouraged participants to keep an open mind to all sides of the issue and primarily focused on the opinions of law enforcement executives.

Many subjects were considered, including the need for universal background checks, opposition of publicly available extended magazines in firearms, the need to consider mental health issues, and law enforcement executives' desire to develop a device to record when a gun is transferred, lost, or stolen.

A news release from the Tucson Police Department stressed that the discussion addressed multiple aspects of violence, not just gun violence and that no discussion was made regarding intent to take guns away from legitimate owners.

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