Gabby Giffords to testify on measure for background checks

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Monday, January 27, 2014 11:41am
  • Local News

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords will testify in Olympia Tuesday in support of an initiative to expand the state law governing background checks for gun purchases.

Giffords, who was shot while meeting with constituents in January 2011, and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will take part in the 1:30 p.m. hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

The couple will explain their support for Initiative 594 which would require background checks on most private gun sales.

The House committee also will be conducting a public hearing on Initiative 591 dubbed the Protect Our Gun Rights act. It would prevent the state from adopting a background check law that is more restrictive than federal law and would ban confiscating of guns without due process.

Hearings on the competing initiatives also are planned at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

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