OLYMPIA, Wash. -

 Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived being shot in the head, is testifying before a legislative committee Tuesday afternoon in Olympia on an initiative that would require background checks on all firearm sales in Washington.

Giffords' husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, is going with her to the House Judiciary Committee as it considers Initiative 594.

The committee also is considering Initiative 591, which would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws stricter than the national standard.

If lawmakers take no action, both initiatives go to the November ballot for voters to decide.

Giffords also is appearing in a television ad airing before and after the president's State of the Union address. In the ad, Giffords faces the camera and says, "Congress is afraid of the gun lobby."