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US store refuses rifle to shot lawmaker's husband

A US gun store refused to sell a rifle to the husband of former US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has become a champion of the anti-gun lobby since her 2011 shooting. Diamondback Police Supply said it had given former astronaut Mark Kelly a refund for the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm assault rifle he ordered, because it suspected he had ulterior motives for seeking to buy a weapon. The Arizona gun supplier's owner Douglas MacKinlay said he would give the rifle to a local police group and donate $1,295 to an organization which teaches children about guns.

Gabby Giffords takes gun control message to scene of Tucson shooting

By Brad Poole TUCSON, Ariz., March 6 (Reuters) - Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, returning to the site of the shooting rampage where she was gravely wounded, on Wednesday urged senators to "be courageous" and support background checks for all gun buyers.

Shooting victims 'deserve' vote on gun control: Obama

Victims of shooting violence deserve to see lawmakers vote on bills proposing tougher gun laws, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, after a spate of massacres across the United States. "I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different," Obama told lawmakers in his State of the Union address. "Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress."

US lawmakers invite gun victims to Obama speech

Joining the White House in its demand for tougher gun laws, two dozen US lawmakers will host gun violence victims and relatives Tuesday at President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech. First Lady Michelle Obama will help lead the way, with aides confirming that the parents of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton will join her for the speech. Pendleton was a teenage high school band majorette who performed at Obama's January inauguration just days before she was gunned down in Chicago.

UPDATE 4-Giffords makes emotional plea as US lawmakers confront gun violence

* Former Arizona congresswoman was wounded in 2011 * Senate holds 1st gun hearing since Dec. 14 school massacre * Obama's gun control plan faces stern challenge in Congress * NRA executive calls for better prosecution of current laws (Adds details, quotes throughout) By Thomas Ferraro

UPDATE 1-Gabby Giffords to testify at US hearing on gun violence

(Refiles to add dropped letter in paragraph 8) WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 mass shooting, will make an appearance on Wednesday at the first congressional hearing on gun violence since last month's Connecticut elementary school massacre. According to a senior Democratic aide and a person familiar with the proceedings, Giffords will testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

REFILE-Giffords to testify at U.S. Senate gun violence hearing:sources

(Fixes title and typo) WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, nearly killed in 2011 shooting attack, will make an unannounced appearance on Wednesday at the first congressional hearing on gun violence since last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, sources said. Giffords will be accompanied by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. The couple recently founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a private group to combat gun violence.

Giffords gun control group wants $20 million for 2014 elections

* Giffords effort wants to counter NRA campaign money * Goal would "far dwarf" past attempts - professor By David Ingram and Tim Gaynor WASHINGTON/PHOENIX, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A new gun control group led by Gabrielle Giffords, the former U.S. congresswoman wounded in a Tucson shooting rampage, wants to raise $20 million for the 2014 congressional elections, matching the National Rifle Association's spending in last November's elections, the group's treasurer said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 3-Former US lawmaker Giffords launches gun control drive

* Wounded Arizona ex-lawmaker says "enough" * Group seeks "common-sense" solutions to curb violence * Giffords initiative aims to raise funds, challenge NRA By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona is launching a group aimed at curbing gun violence, challenging the political clout of the well-funded gun lobby two years after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents.

Former US lawmaker Giffords launches gun control initiative

* Wounded Arizona ex-lawmaker says "enough" * Group seeks "common-sense" solutions to curb violence * Giffords initiative aims to raise funds, challenge NRA By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded two years ago in an Arizona shooting, is launching a group aimed at curbing gun violence and raising enough money to challenge the well-funded gun lobby.
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