The White House is keeping up the pressure on Congress to pass tough new gun legislation -- and it's enlisting the help from law enforcement leaders in three communities that have suffered the horrors of mass shootings in recent months.

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They were among the police chiefs and sheriffs at a White House meeting today.

Obama said if law enforcement officials can agree on the steps that need to be taken, "Congress is going to be paying attention to them."

Obama said no group is more important than law enforcement in the gun debate. He urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, limit high capacity magazines and require universal background checks.

 

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