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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, right, smiles briefly as her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, testifies before a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. 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 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)

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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, left, is escorted by her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, to a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. 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 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)

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Devyn Hembry leans on his Bushmaster rifle as he waits to get in line 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)

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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, right, smiles briefly as her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, testifies before a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. 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 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)

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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, right, and her husband, retired NASA space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, look at each other as they get ready to testify to a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. 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 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)

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Kevin King, 20, stands with his .270 Winchester rifle as he waits to get in line 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)

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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)

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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, right, greets Cheryl Stumbo, who, like Giffords, survived being shot, after both testified before a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. 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." Stumbo was one of six women shot, one fatally, in 2006 at the Seattle Jewish Federation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords pumps her fist as she testifies before a Washington state House panel Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. 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)

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FILE - In this July 4, 2013, file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords talks to supporters before she and husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, take part in a parade in Northside, a suburb of Cincinnati. Giffords and Kelly are co-founders of the gun violence prevention group Americans for Responsible Solutions. On the eve of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, Giffords is challenging Washington leaders not to ignore gun violence.(AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)