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Gabrielle Giffords Plans Trip to North Dakota on Gun Tour

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A well known former U.S. Representative will be in North Dakota next week...

Gabby Giffords is touring seven states during the first week in July in order to push for expanded background checks on gun buyers.

The amendment failed to pass in the U.S. Senate in April.

Now, Giffords and her husband, former astronaut mark Kelly, will be reviving the gun debate.

They will kick off the tour in Nevada July 1 before making stops in Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio.

KX News has learned, Giffords will be in North Dakota July 3rd.

A time and place have not yet been released.

Giffords is keying in on four states where Democrats cast "no" votes.

She will be pressuring those four Democrats to change their vote.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted nay on the new background checks legislation.

Polling released by the Americans for Responsible Solutions shows 79% of North Dakotan's favor expanding background checks.

Nearly half of the residents polled say they want Heitkamp to switch her vote.

Republican Senator John Hoeven also voted against the bill.

Senator Heitkamp released this statement on Giffords scheduled trip to North Dakota: "I welcome former Congresswoman Giffords and her husband to North Dakota. While we may not agree on every method of reducing gun violence and keeping guns out of the hands of the seriously mentally ill and criminals, Gabby, Mark and I all believe that we need to take some real steps towards addressing gun violence in this country."

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