Universal background checks become sticking point for Giffords, gun owners

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 3:57 PM

PHOENIX -- While so much in Gabby Gifffords and Mark Kelly's lives has changed since the Tucson shooting, one thing has not, their appreciation for guns. The couple invited CNN's cameras to her mother's home in the southern Arizona desert to show that while they're calling for gun control, they still support the rights of owners like them.

"Well, Gabby used to like shooting a gun too," said Kelly. "And you know, Gabby owns the same type of gun she was shot with."

The pair wants to show they have real perspective in this gun debate, even if Giffords' days shooting for fun are over. She says she has a new top priority.

"Background checks," said Giffords to CNN's Dana Bash.

The couple believes out of all the gun control ideas, Congress is most likely to strengthen background checks. But at Shooter's World in Phoenix, manager Jesse Hanson says that's the issue causing most concern for gun owners.

"Registration of firearms," he said. "The universal background checks becoming a point for the government to actually start to register or track what firearms and who owns what firearms."

After months of debate, those for and against stricter gun laws will now look for Congress' next move.

"We're sitting back, we're watching, and we'll make changes as we need to with the laws that are passed," said Hanson.

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