What Gabby Gifford’s husband doesn’t want you to know


When one of the country’s most strident voices for gun control hops onto the bandwagon for one final effort, there are a number of things he would rather his audiences not know about him.

Mark Kelly, husband of shooting victim and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will leave July 1 for a week-long “Rights and Responsibilities Tour,” visiting primarily states with Democratic senators who voted against April’s failed Manchin-Toomey gun bill, according to Breitbart News.

Although that attempt failed, Vice President Joe Biden said as late as June 18 that he and President Obama “haven’t given up” on gun control. Earlier in June, Biden met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to discuss renewing the effort, according to Politico. This possibly gave a glimmer of hope to the Giffords-Kelly team and provided an impetus for the gun control tour.

With all this in mind, Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins realized there are three things in Mark Kelly’s life he would rather be kept quiet:

1. The background check system prevented his purchase of a handgun in February.

2. The current background check system prevented his purchase of an AR-15 in March

3. He keeps a “high capacity” magazine in a Glock 9mm.

Kelly failed a background check to purchase a handgun in February because Arizona state law requires that a handgun buyer be a legal Arizona resident. Kelly attempted to buy a .45-caliber handgun at a Tucson, Ariz., gun store using a Texas identification. Although he’s an Arizona resident, he couldn’t prove it at the time.

The following month, he went to the same dealer — Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson — to purchase an AR-15. This time it was form 4473, the Federal Firearms Transfer Record, that tripped him up.

Question 11(a) asks, “Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form?” The question is followed by this warning: “You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.”

Douglas MacKinlay, the storeowner, had a strong feeling Kelly wasn’t buying the weapon for himself. Breitbart quoted MacKinlay as saying:

While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment right to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible way, his recent statements to the media make it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer 5.56 mm rifle was for reasons other than his own personal use.

Although both Kelly and Giffords strongly promote limiting magazine capacities to a 10-round maximum, he owns a Glock 9-mm with a 17-round magazine.

If nothing else, Kelly proved that the current background check system works. Although it won’t work every time, I sincerely doubt there’s anything Congress can come up with that will.

As for Kelly’s possession of a 17-round magazine, I’ll let him and his conscience work that one out.


58 thoughts on “What Gabby Gifford’s husband doesn’t want you to know

  1. PavePusher says:

    Actually, true Patriots also speak and write and communicate. Really, check some history books.

  2. GT says:

    You're a racist retard, hostile elite.

  3. MosinTom says:

    Yes, the current system of background checks, you know, the ones that aren't part of a national registry of guns and owners, DOES work. As far as accomplishments, whether or not one is nationally recognized for something has nothing to do with their right to bear arms. Giffords, in fact, is trying to parlay his fame as and astronaut into a lauchpad for a bigger role as a gun-control advocate, along with pimping his wife our as a gun-crime victim.

  4. Larry Sibley says:

    Who the Hell is Mark Kelly? A washed up half-wit Astronut who is riding on his wife's shirt tail trying to make a name for himself and be important. Forget it Kelly you are an old man and a bad byproduct of an era that has passed. Go away in dignity before you make a real fool out of youself.

  5. Lee Welter says:

    If Mark Kelly is competent to own a Glock 9-mm with a 17-round magazine, why should he be denied the right to buy other firearms?

  6. Randy says:

    Maybe you cant verbally ask them… but when they fill out the paperwork, they have to answer the questions on the form that DO ask them if they are American Citizens or foreign nationals.

  7. GB says:

    Why would rug cartels need to go to a gun show when they got all the rifles they needed thatnks to Eric Holder . When the attorney General loses 1200 rifles in a botched attempt at gun control we are supposed to trust the govt to do what5's best for us ? And in your own words a mental patient can walk right out of a hospital…Yes…exactly. Let them lose with a bottle of pills right ?

    Typical Kool Aid drinker.

    Kelly is a hypocrite. Him and his moron wife were both pro gun until this.

    And in Ct Stuttering Dan the Gov tried toLURE BUSHMASTER to CT….before Sandy Hook.

    These asshole liberals will say and do anything to stay in power and peple like you believe them….

  8. littlemike says:

    And Bloomturd and Peelosi have proven themselves to be downright IRRESPONSIBLE! "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."

  9. Well... says:

    This article isn’t telling the whole story. Mark wasn’t denied the gun at the POS (Point of Sale), he was denied the sale once he posted the sale on his facebook page and it got back to gun store owner. The gun store owner then decided to rescind the purchase citing:

    “While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment right to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible way, his recent statements to the media make it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer 5.56 mm rifle was for reasons other than his own personal use.”

    If Kelly would have waited the 20 day waiting period instead of jumping to his Facebook page, he would have received the rifle.

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