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Gabrielle Giffords, gun-control group turn attention to fall election

PHOENIX — Gun-control advocates Gabrielle Gifford and her husband Mark Kelly said they will focus efforts on helping nearly a dozen politicians win their fall elections.

The couple, along with the group Americans for Responsible Solutions, said it had raised $14.5 million towards securing seven Senate seats and four House spots for legislators who have supported bills that would tighten gun laws.

The non-profit political organization has set a goal of collecting $20 million for the campaigns.

Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) is among the candidates. He replaced Giffords after the deadly shooting in Tucson that left Giffords with severe injuries.

Also on the list are Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).