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Giffords shoots gun during gun-control tour

Monday, July 01, 2013

Two and half years after being shot in the head, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visited a shooting range and fired a gun, her first stop on a seven-state, seven-day bus tour to push for expanded background checks for firearms purchases.

Accompanied by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, on their "Rights and Responsibilities Tour," Giffords, wearing a green cardigan and an arm brace, smiled and waved after she shot the gun at the Clark County Shooting Complex in Las Vegas. Kelly also got in some target practice at the range.

This was the first time she shot a gun since a mentally ill man shot her and killed six others in her district in Tucson, Ariz., in early 2011.

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