Earlier this month Mark Kelly bought an assault rifle at a Tuscon gun store in order to point out how easy it is to obtain an assault weapon. Husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and former astronaut, Kelly said he would turn the gun over to law enforcement as soon as it came in. Because of this the gun store owner rescinded the order and donated the gun elsewhere.
Kelly started a dialogue about the purchase on his Facebook, even posting a photo of himself shopping. On Mar. 5, he purchased an AR-15-style rifle and a 45.-caliber handgun from Diamondback Police Supply. He wrote, "Looks like the judiciary committee will vote on background checks next week. I just had a background check a few days ago when I went to my local gun store to buy a 45. As I was leaving, I noticed a used AR-15. Bought that too. Even to buy an assault weapon, the background check only takes a matter of minutes."
The post has received over 7,000 comments.
Later Kelly commented to CNN's Wolf Blitzer that it is "important for me to have firsthand knowledge about how easy it is or difficult it is to buy a weapon like that."
“While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use,” Diamondback Police Supply Doug MacKinlay owner wrote on Facebook on Monday. “In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company’s best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store to complete the Federal From 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm."
MacKinlay explained the Kelly’s money will be returned and the gun will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association to be raffled off.