SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stepped into a gun show for the first time since she was shot in 2011 to address gun regulations and speak to the crowd.
"We must never stop fighting," she said. "Fight. Fight. Fight."
The Saratoga Arms Fair welcomed Giffords and many wondered why she chose it.
"Be bold. Be courageous. The nation is counting on you."
Giffords organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is pushing for extended background checks, and Giffords believes New York's gun show model is the answer.
"My office made a determination after we realized that there were a lot of sales going on at gun shows without background checks that we were not going to do this in a confrontational way," New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
A background check is performed on every gun, and it can't leave the show without a tag displaying the National Instant Criminal Background Check System number.
"And on one side you know the seller records the information and when the gun is sold the buyer goes on the other side and it indicates that a background check was done," said Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly.
Schneiderman says its a system most agree on.
"I think you're going to have a lot of trouble finding any dealer here, anyone who operates a gun store selling guns here, who doesn't think this is a good system that works," he said.
But long time gun shop owner Joe Aldano says the checks could work better and wonders if they would stop someone like the shooter that nearly killed Giffords.
"If he doesn't get it from me he's going to get it somewhere else, and he will continue until he gets somebody that will let him have a gun illegally," Aldano said.
Giffords says she and Kelly plan to continue doing tours around the country and push for national regulations that would have other states following New York's model for gun shows.
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