Kelly and Giffords lobby in Alaska for gun control

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, sits with her husband, Mark Kelly, right, a retired astronaut, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, prior to speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence in the wake of last month's shooting rampage at that killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Ct. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

July 2, 2013 10:35:23 AM PDT
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her former astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska to lobby for expanded background checks for gun sales.

He started Tuesday at an Anchorage shooting range and shot a variety of hand guns and rifles.

Kelly hoped to emphasize that he and Giffords support Second Amendment rights but believe additional background checks will save lives and keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them.

Giffords survived a 2011 attack in Arizona.

The couple is on a seven-state, "Rights and Responsibilities Tour." They hope to persuade Alaska's two U.S. senators to change their votes against expanded background checks.

Tuesday's stop also includes a round-table discussion with gun owners.