Gabby Giffords meets with George H.W. Bush

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords has met with former President George H.W. Bush during her national tour to push for gun control.

Giffords and her husband, former Navy pilot and astronaut Mark Kelly, visited the former Republican president at his Kennebunkport estate on Saturday. Former first lady Barbara Bush also attended the lunch meeting.

Kelly, who previously lived in Texas, is a personal acquaintance of the Bush family.

Giffords, severely injured during a 2011 assassination attempt, has become the face of the campaign to expand background checks on gun purchases, which is opposed by the National Rifle Association.

Bush, 89, resigned from the NRA in 1995, citing its response to the Oklahoma City bombing.

Giffords and Kelly head to North Carolina on Sunday to finish their tour.


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