Skip to comments.Tucson gun store owner halts purchase of semiautomatic rifle by Kelly
Posted on 03/26/2013 6:16:04 AM PDT by SandRat
The owner of a Tucson gun store where Mark Kelly recently purchased an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle canceled the transaction because Kelly did not plan to keep the rifle for his personal use.
Doug MacKinlay, owner of Diamondback Police Supply at 170 S. Kolb Road, posted on the store's Facebook page Monday that he canceled the transaction March 21. A full refund was sent to Kelly via express mail, MacKinlay said.
"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," MacKinlay wrote.
Kelly could not be reached for comment.
Pia Carusone, executive director of a political action committee Kelly co-founded, Americans for Responsible Solutions, said she could not comment until she spoke to Kelly about the matter. She said he was on vacation.
Kelly, a retired astronaut, formed Americans for Responsible Solutions with his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to lobby for universal background checks for gun buyers. Giffords, who was injured in Tucson's mass shooting on Jan. 8, 2011, and Kelly are also urging restrictions on the sale of high-capacity magazines.
Kelly has said he bought the AR-15 on March 5 to show "it's too easy" to buy an assault weapon. He said he planned to turn it in to the Tucson Police Department.
When the purchase became public earlier this month, Kelly defended his buying of the military-style rifle that has the type of high-capacity magazine he and Giffords have lobbied against. The magazine can hold up to 30 rounds.
Conservative bloggers and others who left messages on Kelly's Facebook page called Kelly's purchase hypocritical.
In his statement Monday, MacKinlay said the Sig Sauer M400 rifle, also known as an AR-15, "will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association, where it will be raffled off to generate funds the association can use to purchase much needed tactical equipment for the organization's members."
The association represents state law enforcement officers, including Special Weapons and Tactics teams and emergency special response officers.
MacKinlay also said that his gun store will make a $1,295 contribution, the selling price of the assault rifle, to the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, which teaches gun safety to children.
I just posted a copy of the law which applies for those who don’t believe a law exists.
“So, two felonies in just a month ~ violating federal gun laws AND killing a protected species with a dog ~ ONE MORE and this dude best hope hes not in California when he does it.”
Too bad liberal darlings rarely get convicted or even charged with crimes the rest of us would be crucified for.
I just bought a raffle ticket from the local NRA that gives me the opportunity to win a M4. Is the NRA a “straw buyer?” If not, why not?
Read the terms and conditions carefully.
I did, but thanks.
Come on, we all know you use little clubs to kill baby seals. You don’t want to put holes in their teeny tiny little pelts.
rude, debate all you want about legality and intentions. I could care less the legal aspect.
Mark said he wanted to show how easy it was to get an AR. His choice of purchase was anything but easy. It was one of the hardest way to get one fast, he bought used and had to wait.
That’s like saying I want to show how easy it is to buy an “evil assault rifle” so I choose to buy an AR with a silencer.
OK fine, it’s yours. Except you have to apply and pay for a special Fed Stamp. How easy, 90-120 day wait?
Appears to me he didn't and that is the grounds for the gun shop canceling the order.
If it goes through an FFL and the receiver goes through NICS, it's not a straw purchaser.
And that's perfectly fine. I think he did it for political purposes, also. But he didn't violate the law, and those who disagree with his political purposes shouldn't claim he did.
Diamondback Police Supply owner Douglas MacKinlay has halted Mark Kelly's attempted purchase of an AR-15 over concerns that Kelly was not in fact buying the gun for himself, and therefore could not have passed question 11a of the NICS background check form 4473.
Seems he didn't answer truthfully when filling out the form for the background check...
I get that, too . . . but the authorities did not give Mr. Kelley the money to buy the firearm.
rude, I don’t think it was political, he wanted the guns.
Didn’t he keep the handgun that he purchased the same day as he tried to buy the AR?
Wasn’t his wife shot with a handgun? And an AR has to do with what. And he bought a used AR so he had to wait.
Whole lot of bs from this guy. He got caught and his handlers came up with a weak excuse.
Not specified in the instructions is the implicit assumption that the person you are giving the gun to must be legally able to receive a gun. In other words, you can't gift a gun to a felon or a Mexican drug cartel.
He's looking to continue Gabby's tenure at the public trough as a senator....slurping up power, fame and fortune for six years...and he knows that to win he has to insure that all lemons in his resume must be quickly re-packaged as Minute Maid's finest summer refresher.
Kelly is an oily, lying weasel, just like his patron saint in the White House (said saint who just sanctioned naming a naval warship after Kelly's wife).
I'm so sick of DC political power marriages.......Gabby and Kelly, Barry and Moochelle, Hill and Bill, Joe and Jill, Bradlee and Sally, Nancy and Harry, McCain and Grahmnesty.......
What do you think is the consequence if one lies on the background form? (Which is what Kelly would've done if he followed through with giving the gun to the PD)
Sender, that may be 100% correct. But let me play around with this if I may.
A distant friend of the family, Uncle Vito, who has done “favors” for me or my family over the last few years comes to me and says “Goat, do me a favor and as a gift for my birthday nexy week, I’d like an AR, Rock River arms is cool”.
Now I’m no LE agent, and who am I to pry into Vito’s history, so I do what Mark Kelly did and I guy an AR for my Uncle; afterall its a B Day gift.
It’s right there in black and white. Certainly you know how to read.
Yes, but did he violate the law? Those who argue that the government is not prosecuting him because he is a member of the protected class (apart from arguing that he should be prosecuted for political purposes) disregard the fact that any self-respecting defense attorney could drive a bus through the government's case.