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Kelly and Giffords lobby in Alaska for gun control

Posted: July 2, 2013 - 11:12am
Former astronaut Mark Kelly fires .22-caliber handgun left-handed at a shooting range on Tuesday in Anchorage, as Anders Gustafson spots bullet placement on the target. Kelly and his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are in Alaska as part of a seven-state "Rights and Responsibilities Tour" urging members of Congress to expand background checks on gun sales. Giffords, who survived a 2011 assassination attempt, and Kelly founded Americans for Responsible Solutions. Giffords, whose right arm is paralyzed, fired a gun left-handed Monday in Nevada and Kelly said he promised her he would try shooting that way Tuesday.  Dan Joling | The Associated Press
Dan Joling | The Associated Press
Former astronaut Mark Kelly fires .22-caliber handgun left-handed at a shooting range on Tuesday in Anchorage, as Anders Gustafson spots bullet placement on the target. Kelly and his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are in Alaska as part of a seven-state "Rights and Responsibilities Tour" urging members of Congress to expand background checks on gun sales. Giffords, who survived a 2011 assassination attempt, and Kelly founded Americans for Responsible Solutions. Giffords, whose right arm is paralyzed, fired a gun left-handed Monday in Nevada and Kelly said he promised her he would try shooting that way Tuesday.

ANCHORAGE — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her former astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska to lobby for expanded background checks for gun sales.

On Monday, Giffords visited a Las Vegas-area range and shot a gun publicly for the first time since surviving a 2011 attack.

Kelly started Tuesday at an Anchorage shooting range and shot a variety of guns and rifles.

They hope to emphasize that they support Second Amendment rights but also believe additional background checks will save lives and keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

The couple is on a seven-state, "Rights and Responsibilities Tour." They hope to persuade Alaska's two U.S. senators to change their votes against expanded background checks.

Tuesday's stop also includes a round-table discussion with gun owners.

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