(CNN) – Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are hitting the road to try bolstering support for extending background checks on gun sales, a prospect that failed earlier this year but that gun control supporters have vowed to continue pursuing.
The week-long "Rights and Responsibilities Tour," which begins July 1, will "rally supporters and remind elected officials that our cherished Second Amendment rights demand great responsibility," according to a press release from Kelly and Giffords' gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions.
It will roll through several states home to senators who voted "no" in April on a bipartisan measure that would have extending background checks to online sales and gun shows. It begins in Alaska, the home of Sen. Mark Begich, who was one of four Democrats who opposed the background checks measure.
The tour will also hit North Dakota, represented by another Democrat who voted "no" on background checks, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
New Hampshire, where Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte has faced some criticism for her opposition to the amendment, is also on the itinerary. North Carolina, Maine and Ohio are also listed as stops.
"I've been around guns my whole life, and I know that as an American, my right to own a firearm goes hand in hand with my obligation to be a responsible gun owner and to do my part to make sure guns don't fall into the hands of criminals or dangerously mentally ill people," Kelly said in a statement. "Gabby and I are excited to hit the road this summer and meet so many of the great Americans who are standing with us to fight for common-sense solutions to prevent gun violence and protect our rights."
The failure to pass the background check amendment in April was considered a major blow to gun control legislation that was pushed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December.
Gun control groups like Gifford and Kelly's operation, along with the Michael Bloomberg-backed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, pushed back against senators who voted "no" on the measure, including spending millions airing ads against both Democrats and Republicans.
CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report.