CINCINNATI: A former congresswoman injured in a mass shooting will visit southwest Ohio next week to talk about the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

Gabrielle Giffords and her husband are touring the nation to spread awareness about the issue and will be in Cincinnati for a parade on the Fourth of July.

Giffords was shot in the head at a meet-and-greet with constituents outside a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011. She has undergone painstaking physical and speech therapy, and she reluctantly resigned her seat in Congress.

She and husband Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, have been lobbying in recent months for policy changes aimed at reducing gun violence.

Giffords, a longtime gun owner, supports expanded background checks.