Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Tucson gun store tells unemployed astronaut “no sale” for attempted straw purchase of AR-15.

Written By: Bob - Mar• 25•13

Gun-control-for-pay advocate Mark Kelly got busted buying an AR-15 after railing against the gun, hoping no one at the story would recognize who he was, and what his intentions were. Well, they did recognize him, and they exposed him. They are now cancelling the sale all together.

A Tucson gun store owner has decided to rescind the sale of a military-style rifle to Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after Kelly said he had intended the purchase to make a political point about how easy it is to obtain the kind of firearms he’s lobbying Congress to ban.

Kelly’s March 5 purchase of an AR-15-style rifle and a 45.-caliber handgun at Diamondback Police Supply sparked a frenzy of reaction from both sides of the debate after he posted to Facebook a photo of himself shopping.

A background check took only a matter of minutes to complete, Kelly said in the Facebook post, adding that it’s scary to think people can buy similar guns without background checks at gun shows or on the Internet.

But Kelly couldn’t immediately take possession of the rifle because the shop had bought it from a customer. As a result, the store is required by a Tucson ordinance to hold the gun for 20 days to give the city enough time to make sure the weapon wasn’t used in a crime.

Store owner Doug MacKinlay said Monday in a Facebook post of his own that he “determined that was in my company’s best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store.”

“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,” MacKinlay said in the statement.

“…for reasons other than his own personal use.”

The ATF/NSSF web site Don’t Lie for the Other Guy, suggests that brushes up close to the legal line of a straw purchase. Would Mr. Kelly like to change his story yet again?

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One Comment

  1. Treker says:

    Now that Mark Kelly’s dog killed that baby seal lion in California he could have used that AR to stop the attack . Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly have become a national joke.