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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords to speak in support of background checks

OLYMPIA — Former Congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords will speak Tuesday in Olympia in support of expanding criminal background checks.

Giffords, a former representative from Tuscon, will speak along with her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, during a State House Judiciary Committee hearing. Testimony is also expected from a broad coalition of faith leaders, survivors,gun owners and dealers, domestic violence prevention specialists, physicians, mental health professionals and others, supporters of the initiative said.

Gun control-Gabby Giffords

Gabby Giffords

Initiative 594 would make background checks mandatory for all gun transfers, gun show purchases and online sales. Supporters of the initiative say increased public safety background checks “reduce access to guns for criminals, domestic abusers and other dangerous people from buying firearms.”

Giffords was shot during a rampage that killed 6 and injured 13 others while meeting with constituents in her Tucson area district. Since the shooting, she has traveled the country with her husband supporting gun legislation.

The House Judiciary Committee Hearing will be Tuesday, January 28, at 1:30 pm in the John L. O’Brien Building

3 comments

  • The World is Ending

    You could increase the requirements for background checks 1000% and criminals will still get guns, in fact you could totally outlaw privat gun ownership and guess what…. Criminals would still have guns. Gangs would still have guns. We have laws already on the books to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, they just need to be enforced… I don't know but how about keeping violent criminals in jail where they belong and what the hell is temporary insanity if someone is violently insane then there is no temporary about it keep them locked up. And for thouse of you that support stricter gun control even those of us that strongly support private gun ownership, don't want criminals or the mentally ill to have guns, we believe in criminal control buy keeping the bad guys behinde bars where they belong, as far as the mentally ill that you liberals say need expanded treatment most conservatives would also agree and also believe that they shouldn't have a gun.. So remember that Obama care that most of you support, dose not increase funding and in some cases cuts funding for mental health care.

  • My View

    Criminals don't care about background checks. This crap just punishes law abiding free Americans that believe in exercising their Constitutional right to Keep And Bear Arms.

    No Government entity will guarantee your safety or security, NONE!

  • John T

    I don't know how much more of my background you can check. I have a concealed carry permit from the State of TX and have been told by a law enforcement friend that the background check for the permit rivals the one performed on him to carry the badge of his office. I did at one time in my past carry a badge as a law enforcement officer, I have seen my NCIC report in recent years & it is very informative. I don't see how a check could be more complete unless federal agents were sent out on every person who required a background check. I live on the Mexican border near El Paso, TX and rest assured that anything a criminal might require can be obtained on the street with no background check whatsoever. These laws are only putting up a smoke screen for the general public and putting more requirements on the law abiding while not slowing down the criminal element in the least. I would suggest that Ms Giffords concentrate on getting the laws already on the books enforced.

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