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Tucson shooting survivors push for gun control

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TUCSON, AZ (AP) -

Members of anti-gun violence organizations in Arizona are urging U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake to support proposed legislation that would make criminal background checks mandatory for all gun sales.

The groups held news conferences Tuesday in front of Flake's offices in Tucson and Phoenix.

Flake, a Republican, is part of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee will consider moving forward with proposed universal background check legislation Thursday in Washington, D.C.

At the Tucson news conference Tuesday morning, speakers included two survivors of a 2011 shooting rampage -- Pam Simon and Bill Badger.

Six people were killed and 13 wounded outside a Tucson supermarket at a meet-and-greet event hosted by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Jan. 8, 2011.

Giffords was among those wounded and she resigned from Congress last year.

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