Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Buys AR15

by Georgia Concealed Carry on March 14, 2013 · 0 comments

Georgia Concealed Carry

Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabrielle Giffords who is the former U.S. Rep that was shot in the head on January 2011, speaks out against critics who have generated more than 4,000 comments on Facebook regarding his recent purchase of an AR-15 and .45 caliber handgun.

Giffords and Kelly are both lobbying Congress to ban assault type weapons, the exact kind that Kelly was reported to have purchased at a Tucson shop just days before they spoke in front of the supermarket where Giffords had been shot.

Kelly claims his intention was not to purchase the AR-15 for himself but to demonstrate how easy it is to obtain such a firearm.  The end result, from what we can tell, is that he proved it is relatively easy for a law abiding citizen (as well as a well-known public figure and former astronaut) to purchase a legal firearm after having a background check at a licensed gun store.  Sounds like the system worked.  Perhaps he would have proved a point for his cause if he was somehow banned from purchasing a gun and then was able to pass the check and received the firearm.  Instead, he proved that it is possible to purchase a legal firearm by someone who was legally allowed to purchase said firearm.

Doug MacKinlay, owner of the Diamondback Police Supply where Kelly purchased the firearms, said his staff didn’t ask why he wanted to purchase the guns and that it would have been refuse to sell it to him because of his personal views.

“He is a U.S. citizen, an Arizona citizen and expressing his Second Amendment right to purchase and own a firearm,” MacKinlay said.

“If you believe him, it’s a cheap publicity stunt,” Todd Rathner, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association said.

The advocacy group started by Giffords and Kelly had no immediate comment Tuesday on Kelly’s gun buys.

Kelly told CNN on Monday that he plans on keeping the handgun.


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