Gabrielle Giffords Holds Raleigh Gun Control Rally

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband have visited Raleigh as part of a nationwide tour to highlight ways they believe tougher laws can reduce gun violence.

Giffords was injured in January 2011 when a mentally ill man opened fire at an outdoor constituent event in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed, and 13, including Giffords, were injured. She and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, are the co-founders of the gun violence prevention group Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Giffords and Kelly discussed ways that they say increased gun controls can coexist with the Second Amendment and the right of Americans to own guns. The event was not open to the public and was organized by Americans for Responsible Solutions.

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Thirty months after a gunman shot her through the head, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has become the face of the fight for gun control.

Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, are in the midst of a seven-states-in-seven-day tour across America. They've clicked through more than 8,000 miles this week, encouraging allies and opponents alike from Alaska to Maine to defy the National Rifle Association.

On Sunday, they visit North Carolina.

Giffords and Kelly want to generate momentum for federal legislation that would expand background checks on gun purchases. It's a scaled-back version of a broad legislative package to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting rampage that left 20 Connecticut children dead.

The bill is stalled in a divided Congress.