The Washington Times - April 9, 2013, 07:30AM

They may be staunch supporters of stricter gun laws, but former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly still keep their own firearms.

In an interview to air on CNN Tuesday night, Mr. Kelly is seen taking target practice with a Glock 9mm, the same weapon used to wound Ms. Giffords in the horrific Tucson, Ariz., shooting in 2011 that claimed the lives of six people and left others injured.


“I gave this to Gabby as a gift a number of years ago. She’s a gun owner,” Mr. Kelly explains in the interview, excerpts of which were shown on CNN programming on Tuesday morning.

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Ms. Giffords, who is seen in the segment watching Mr. Kelly fire the weapon, has become one of the most vocal supporters of expanded background checks for gun purchases. It’s a top policy priority of the Obama administration, and the president visited Newtown, Conn., on Monday to again push Congress to implement it.

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“Passing background checks legislation will show the country that we are as strong and resilient and determined as our Founding Fathers hoped we would be — and that we are on the path to having a safer country with strong and honored Second Amendment rights,” Ms. Giffords wrote in a recent piece for the New York Daily News.

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