Former US Rep. Giffords visits Newtown, Conn.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona is visiting the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 26 people last month inside an elementary school.

Giffords, who was shot and critically wounded in a 2011 shooting, met with lawmakers and local officials, including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Giffords was accompanied by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. A spokesman says she was planning to meet with families of some of the Newtown victims.

Giffords was left partially blind, with a paralyzed right arm and brain injury, when a gunman opened fire at a constituent meet-and-greet in Arizona two years ago. Six others were killed and 13 people, including Giffords, were injured.

At the time of last month's school massacre, Gifford's husband said it should lead to better gun control.

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APPHOTO NY124: FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. A spokesman on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 said Connecticut's lieutenant governor has been invited to attend a meeting between Giffords and families of the victims of the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) (6 Sep 2012)

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