Background check bill, Gabby Giffords returns to Capitol Hill

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Background check bill, Gabby Giffords returns to Capitol Hill.

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to help introduce a bill on gun background checks.

The legislation would require background checks on private transactions for gun sales.

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The bills’ introduction falls on the eighth anniversary of the shooting that nearly killed Giffords and left six others dead.

She’ll join newly-elected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Mike Thompson, a California Democrat, to unveil the bill.

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Democrats have long been signaling they would make legislation to address gun violence a top priority.

They introduced a similar bill with some Republican co-sponsors in November, but it didn’t make it to the floor while Democrats were in the minority.

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Despite bipartisan support for some gun legislation proposals, the new Democratic background check proposal appears unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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