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President Obama will seek to build support for his gun control plan Monday by meeting with local law enforcement officials -- including those from three cities that saw mass killings over the past year.

The chiefs of Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wisc., will meet with Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House, according to an addition to the White House schedule.

The meeting will also include representatives from the Major Cities Chief Association and the Major County Sheriffs Association.

The Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school, and promoted the new gun push by Obama and Biden.

The administration's proposal proposal calls for a renewed assault weapon ban, universal background checks, and restrictions of the sizes of ammunition magazines, as well as new school safety and mental health programs.

Aurora, Col., is the city where 12 people died in a mass shooting at a movie theater in July; Oak Creek, Wisc., is the site of the Sikh temple where six people died during a shooting in August.

The police chiefs who will meet with Obama are Michael Kehoe of Newtown, Dan Oates of Aurora, and John Edwards of Oak Creek.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will also attend the White House meeting, which is scheduled for 11:15 a.m.

By David Jackson, USA TODAY

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