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Gun-control advocate Gabby Giffords to endorse John Hickenlooper at Aurora rally

The two are set to appear at a rally in around together Monday evening.

AURORA, Colo. — Gun-control advocate Gabby Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was wounded in a shooting eight years ago, plans to endorse Democrat John Hickenlooper in Colorado's U.S. Senate primary on Monday at an Aurora rally, her nonprofit organization said.

“Gabby and I worked together to take on the NRA and pass gun safety legislation here, and I’m running to bring that same drive to the United States Senate and finally pass common-sense gun safety legislation like universal background checks," Hickenlooper, a former two-term governor, told Colorado Politics in a statement.

"All Americans deserve to live without fear of gun violence in our schools, theaters or malls.”

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Giffords and Hickenlooper will headline a rally and panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Heritage Christian Center, 14401 E. Exposition Ave., in Aurora. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., his campaign said. 

Giffords was one of 19 people shot in 2011 at a constituent-outreach event outside a grocery store in Tucson in an attack that left six dead. She founded the nonprofit Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence along with her husband, combat veteran and retired astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, who is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona. 

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