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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.