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03/06/2013 12:27 pm ET Updated Mar 06, 2013

Gabrielle Giffords Makes Appearance At Gun Control Event

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is encouraging lawmakers to support expanded background checks for gun purchases.

Giffords, who was wounded in a shooting on Jan. 8, 2011, amped up her push for more gun control after the Dec. 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

The AP reports:

Other survivors of the mass shooting are expected to join Giffords at the news conference in Tucson Wednesday.

A gun control group started by Giffords and husband Mark Kelly began airing a new television ad in Arizona and Iowa Tuesday calling for background checks.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up tougher firearm regulations Thursday.

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