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DENVER -- The battle over new firearm restrictions intensified in Colorado as hundreds of gun advocates filled the state Capitol, while the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged lawmakers to pass universal background checks.

A constant chorus of car honking were heard outside as lawmakers discussed seven gun bills Monday. Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, told lawmakers that he and his wife are Second Amendment supporters, but that the right shouldn't extend to criminals and the mentally ill.

Kelly, a retired Navy captain and astronaut, has testified before Congress in support of gun control measures. Giffords, a former Democratic congresswoman from Tucson, Ariz., was wounded in a mass shooting in January 2011 while meeting with constituents.

The proposal Kelly testified for would expand background checks to include private and online sales.

Giffords, a former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, was injured at a meet-and-greet when she was shot in the head by Jared Lee Loughner in January 2011.

Six people were killed in the shooting.

Thirteen others were wounded, including Giffords.

Associated Press,

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