Gun-control advocate Gabby Giffords attended a ceremony Tuesday in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced a bill that would criminalize private gun sales.
The legislation is titled H.R. 8 to honor the former congresswoman Giffords, who survived a shooting eight years ago, Jan. 8, 2011, Breitbart News reported.
Pelosi issued a tweet saying, “It is truly blessing to have former Rep. @GabbyGiffords join us to introduce #HR8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, eight years after the Tucson shooting.”
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., joined Pelosi in introducing the bill.
They were accompanied by three Republicans: Reps. Peter King of New York, Brian Mast of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey.
Thompson tweeted an ABC News report explaining the bill expands background checks to cover non-retail gun sales.
Breitbart pointed out, however, that the legislation would not have prevented the attack on Giffords. Her attacker passed a background check to acquire the handgun he used.