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Kelly, Giffords Kick Off Bus Tour To Promote Tougher Gun Laws

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
Matthew Peddie
The Florida Channel
Mark Kelly and his wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, are spearheading a bus tour to push for tougher gun laws.

A multi-state bus tour pushing for tougher gun legislation kicked off in Orlando on Tuesday. The tour is being led by former astronaut Mark Kelly and his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Kelly and Giffords formed the political action committee Americans for Responsible Solutions in 2013.

Two years earlier, Giffords had been critically injured in a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

Kelly said he wants to see things like stronger background checks, and tougher laws against gun trafficking.

“I’m a gun owner, I own six or seven guns, I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” Kelly says. “At the same time, I am a strong supporter of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. I think most of us can agree upon that.”

Kelly said he and Giffords wanted to start the bus tour in Orlando because of shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

“We feel a connection with this community in Florida,” Kelly says.

The bus tour is set to last six weeks and visit 14 states.