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Gabby Giffords, husband bringing anti-gun violence tour to N.C.

Former Arizona congresswoman and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, will include North Carolina – possibly Raleigh – in a nationwide anti-gun violence tour in North Carolina that begins Monday and ends July 7.

The couple will begin the tour in Nevada and will visit Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Ohio. Specifics for their N.C. visit haven't been announced.

Dubbed the Rights and Responsibilities Tour, its purpose is to promote responsibility in exercising Second Amendment rights. The couple supports expanded background checks. It is sponsored by a group calling itself Americans for Responsible Solutions, which Kelly co-founded.

“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 in a statement the organization released. “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 Washington Post reports those states were chosen because their senators either rebuffed popular opinion and voted against expanding federal background checks or took a risk and voted for them. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., was one who voted for expanded checks even though she is in for a tough re-election fight next year.


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