Gun Store to Mark Kelly: No AR-15 Purchase for You

Sends him refund, won't give him firearm
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2013 1:03 PM CDT
In this March 6, 2013 file photo, Gabrielle Giffords listens to her husband Mark Kelly during a return to the supermarket where she was wounded in a rampage two years ago in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – Well, so much for that: Mark Kelly recently went to an Arizona gun store to buy an AR-15, his goal being to show how easy it is to procure one ... but now the gun store won't give it to him. After buying the gun, Kelly told CNN, "It is actually pretty easy. You know, for a weapon that's so deadly and really designed for the military, especially with the high-capacity magazines, it is a pretty easy thing to do, even with a background check." After those and other comments, the store owner says, he decided to halt the transaction and send Kelly a full refund.

"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 Form 4473 and NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession of this firearm," wrote Doug MacKinlay on the Diamondback Police Supply Facebook page. He added that he made the decision after determining Kelly was not buying the gun for his own "personal use." Kelly had said he would turn the weapon over to Tucson Police Department. (Read more Mark Kelly stories.)

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