Giffords visits gun range, launches gun control tour - WNCT

Giffords visits gun range, launches gun control tour

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Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords kicked off a seven-state tour Monday to advocate for universal gun background checks.

Giffords and husband Mark Kelly started their day in Las Vegas demonstrating that they, too, are gun owners.  Giffords fired a gun at a shooting range.

It's the first time she's used a gun since a deranged gunman shot her in the head in 2011.  A dozen other people were also wounded and six more were killed.

Giffords, who's still recovering from the attack, is speaking up for change.

"Stopping gun violence takes courage; the courage to do what's right and the courage for new ideas," Gifford said.  "I've seen great courage when my life was on the line. Now is the time to come together, be responsible."

The couple says 84% of Nevada voters support background checks and are encouraging Sen. Dean Heller to change his vote to support them.

Mark Kelly says he and his wife have asked for a meeting with the NRA leadership on the issue, but so far no meeting has been granted.

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