SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – New York's tough gun laws got national attention after a high profile visit from former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Giffords toured the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair over the weekend with her husband Mark Kelly. This was the first time the former Arizona Congresswoman made an appearance at a gun show since she was shot at a 2011 campaign event.
Giffords toured the Saratoga show with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The visit was part of Gifford's mission to push for stronger background checks for potential gun owners.
Giffords and Kelly are strong supporters of the second amendment admitting that they are gun owners themselves. However, they are also supporters of stricter gun laws.
Americans for Responsible Solutions is the non-profit anti-gun violence group the couple runs. While touring the show, Giffords applauded the New York laws already in place that call for background checks, and she said it should be a model for the nation.
Efforts to bring nationwide change stalled in Congress last year. Schneiderman said New York lawmakers have been able to come together despite differences to make a change.
"In New York, we have taken a different approach where in Washington there has been a failure to get different sides of this issue together," Schneiderman said.
Giffords spoke briefly at the event, but she made sure all visitors to the arms fair understood her position.
"Now is the time to come together; be responsible," she said. "Democrat, Republican, everyone; we better start fighting. Fight, fight, fight."
Giffords and her husband said they enjoyed the show and even saw some guns they liked. They hope trips like the one in Saratoga will bridge the gap between gun and anti-gun supporters.
"Stopping gun violence takes courage," Giffords said. "The courage to do what's right, the courage of new ideas."
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