March 5, 2013, 6:12 p.m.; Corrected March 6, 2013 9:13 a.m.
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Giffords and Kelly testified in January at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. After the former congresswoman was severely wounded at a mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., in 2011, she and her husband formed the group Americans for Responsible Solutions, which is among several groups airing TV ads to advocate legislative solutions to reduce gun violence.
Gunowner rights organizations have also maintained a high profile. Last month Gun Owners of America hosted an event in the Capitol featuring testimonials from a law enforcement officer opposed to “gun-free school zones.” Next week, NRA President David Keene and Wayne LaPierre, the group’s executive vice president and CEO, will speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the American Conservative Union announced.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the group previously known as One Million Moms for Gun Control. That group is now Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.