When Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, announced that his recent purchase of an AR-15 was made for purely political purposes, the Tucson gun store owner rescinded the sale.
Two days after Kelly purchased the assault rifle and a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun at Diamondback Police Supply, Neil McCabe, editor of Guns & Patriots newsletter, tipped Breitbart News to the purchase. That’s when it all hit the fan.
Kelly hurriedly explained the purchase through the following Facebook entry:
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. I don’t have possession of it yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do.
At the time of the purchase, Kelly took the pistol with him, but had to leave the rifle at the store for 20 days to comply with state law, according to Fox News.
When store owner Doug MacKinlay saw what was going down, he decided to rescind the sale, and made his own statement through Facebook.
“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, according to Fox.
The store owner said he will return Kelly’s money and donate the rifle to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association to be raffled off.
Read more at Fox.
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