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Gabby Giffords set to attend gun legislation rally in Philadelphia

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz, waves from the podium as her husband Astronaut Mark Kelly (ret.) looks on during a sound check before the start of the first day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

PHOENIX — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords planned to attend a rally Tuesday for “common sense” gun legislation in Philadelphia on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions, a political action committee, co-sponsored the event in a park about 15 minutes from the convention arena.

She is scheduled to address the convention Wednesday.

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was among the politicians attending the rally.

Giffords and Lewis were expected to address the crowd as were mothers whose children were killed in gun violence.

Giffords has been a vocal proponent for gun control legislation since recovering from a gunman’s near-fatal bullet in Tucson in 2011.

She was one of a handful of Arizonans invited to address the convention.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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