Giffords, Kelly plan nationwide gun control tour

ADVERTISEMENT
"Gabby and I are excited to hit the road this summer and meet so many of the great Americans who are standing with us to fight for common-sense solutions to prevent gun violence and protect our rights."

The tour includes visits to states represented by centrist senators who voted against a background check amendment in April, effectively killing gun-control legislation championed by the president in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting. That bill would have required background checks on weapons purchased over the Internet and at gun shows, but fell five votes short of the 60 needed for passage.

Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) have been criticized by gun control groups for their "no" votes, as has Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.).

At a gun event earlier this month at the White House, Vice President Biden predicted that political pressure would force some elected officials in the upper chamber to reconsider.

"I know for a fact some of them wonder now if that was a prudent vote," Biden said.

"The country has changed," he continued. "You will pay a price, a political price for not getting engaged and dealing with gun safety."