Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, will kick off a nationwide tour to push for expanded background checks for gun sales.
The Rights and Responsibilities tour will stretch from Nevada to Alaska to Maine July 1-7.
Ive 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 dont fall into the hands of criminals or dangerously mentally ill people, Kelly said. 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 Democratic-controlled Senate rejected a slew of gun control proposals expanding background checks, renewing an assault weapons ban and limiting the size of ammunition clips in April.
Giffords and Kelly will begin the tour in Nevada before making stops in Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio.