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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, left, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, center, and her husband Mark Kelly tour the New EastCoast Arms Collectors Associates arms fair in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Oct. 13. Kelly looks at an antique revolver.
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a 2011 mass shooting that killed six and injured 12 others, attended a New York gun show Sunday to draw attention to voluntary background checks for buyers.
Giffords, 43, who was shot through the head at a meet-and-greet event with constituents in Tuscon two years ago, visited the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair with her former astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The former Democratic legislator, who resigned from her post a year ago in order to recuperate and has become one of the key public faces of a nationwide gun-control campaign, has described herself as a supporter of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right to bear arms.
However, she and her husband have lobbied gun show operators to put in place stricter measures on gun purchases.
The voluntary procedures at the New York show had all gun buyers cleared by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System — a measure that closes the controversial "gun show loophole," which permitted show buyers to go around required background checks when purchasing firearms at a retail outlet.