The group created by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to push for tighter control on the sale of guns is merging with a group focused on the legal issues surrounding gun control.
The merger, announced Wednesday, brings together the notoriety of Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions in Washington with the legal acumen of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco.
For now, the two groups will retain separate names and separate offices.
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with our longtime partners at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence,” Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, said in a statement. “By coming together we can do more to take on the gun lobby, deliver even more victories for common sense, and save lives.”
Giffords and Kelly, a Navy combat veteran and retired NASA astronaut, created Americans for Responsible Solutions in 2013 — two years after Giffords was shot in the head and critically injured during an event with her constituents in Tucson. Eighteen other people were shot, including six who died. Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.
Giffords resigned her House seat and devotes much of her time to advocating for tougher federal and state gun laws.
Read more here.