Gabrielle Giffords Goes to a Gun Show

Leading gun control advocate touts agreement to monitor show sales

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Tim Roske / AP

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, left, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, center, and her husband Mark Kelly tour the New EastCoast Arms Collectors Associates arms fair in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Sunday made her first visit to a gun show since surviving a 2011 shooting.

A smiling Giffords, who has became a leading gun-control advocate since the shooting, toured the Saratoga Springs Arms Fair in New York, surrounded by rifles, knives and “Don’t Tread On Me” flags. She chatted with sellers alongside her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, who bought a book on Colt revolvers and said he would have bought a gun if he had more time, the Associated Press reports.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who joined the couple, used the opportunity to highlight a voluntary agreement to monitor gun sales at the show. The state has also boosted gun controls with a recent ban on military-grade weapons in the wake of last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in neighboring Connecticut.