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Giffords testifies on Wash. gun initiative

January 28, 2014 • Business


People line up outside and in view of the Capitol to enter a Washington state House panel hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, testified before the panel considering an initiative to expand firearm background checks in the state, telling lawmakers that “the nation is counting on you.” With her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly sitting next to her, Giffords spoke slowly and briefly to the panel that was taking public testimony on Initiative 594. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, testified Tuesday before a Washington state House panel considering an initiative to expand firearm background checks in the state, telling lawmakers that “the nation is counting on you.”

With her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, sitting next to her, Giffords spoke slowly and briefly to the panel that was taking public testimony on Initiative 594, which seeks to require background checks for all sales, including online sales and private transactions, such as Login to read more

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