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Giffords to push expanded background checks in Vegas

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was wounded in a mass shooting during a public event in Arizona in 2011, is slated to kick off a tour Monday in Las Vegas in support of expanded weapons background checks.

She and her husband Mark Kelly are scheduled to tour seven states in seven days as part of the "Rights and Responsibilities Tour."

According to organizers, Giffords and Kelly, who have been visible advocates for tighter gun regulations, planned to visit a number of gun ranges in the area.

The tour at Las Vegas gun ranges is slated to precede discussions with community leaders regarding regulations and gun violence.

Tour organizers noted more people in Nevada have recently sided with expanded background checks, citing latest poll information.

According to Americans for Responsible Solutions, 84 percent of voters supported expanded background checks, including 83 percent of gun owners and 69 percent of National Rifle Association households.

"I've been around guns my whole life," said former astronaut Kelly. "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."

Gun owners, law enforcement and various community leaders were slated to join Giffords and Kelly for their visit.

For more information on the Rights and Responsibilities Tour, you can visit

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