Giffords, Kelly embark on national tour to urge expanded background checks

McClatchy Washington BureauJune 25, 2013 

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, will kick off a nationwide tour to push for expanded background checks for gun sales.

The “Rights and Responsibilities” tour will stretch from Nevada to Alaska to Maine July 1-7.

“I’ve been around guns my whole life, and I know that as an American, my right to own a firearm goes hand in hand with my obligation to be a responsible gun owner and to do my part to make sure guns don’t fall into the hands of criminals or dangerously mentally ill people,” Kelly said. “Gabby and I are excited to hit the road this summer and meet so many of the great Americans who are standing with us to fight for common-sense solutions to prevent gun violence and protect our rights.”

The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected a slew of gun control proposals – expanding background checks, renewing an assault weapons ban and limiting the size of ammunition clips – in April.

Giffords and Kelly will begin the tour in Nevada before making stops in Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio.

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