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Obama, Baltimore County police chief Johnson meet on gun control

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson met at the White House Tuesday with President Barack Obama and law enforcement leaders to discuss the president's executive actions on gun control.

Johnson is chairman of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, an alliance of police leadership organizations. He has long advocated for measures included in Obama's orders.

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"Today was a very emotional day," Johnson said of the event at the White House. "I was very, very pleased to represent public safety in my capacity."

The Obama administration's proposal – criticized by congressional Republicans -- includes expanded background checks on gun sales at shows and online, and funding for mental health treatment and 200 new agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Johnson said he believes the effort "will make our society a safer place" and cut down on out-of-state weapons trafficked to Maryland.

"I'm a gun owner, I'm a target shooter, I'm a hunter -- a strong defender of the Second Amendment," Johnson said. "I believe these are reasonable measures."

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