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.
Kelly was probably going to use it to kill baby seals anyway (before handing it over to the cops, of course!)
So Kelley was on record he was going to be a straw buyer?
Sounds like a “yes”. “Are you the ultimate recipient of the gun?” Lying on the 4473 is a felony - at least when us peasants do it.
so he was purchasaing the firearm under false pretenses...
Who would bring charges ATF? Cool.
No. He was going to buy the gun and “gift” it. Perfectly legal.
So my mom can do that so the rest of the family don’t get in the database?
He was on a baby seal hunt in California with his attack dog.
Kelly, AKA the lying, straw gun buying Seal killer.
The article says he hoped the Police Dept could raffle it off to generate funds. That means that bad ugly gun would still end up in the hands of some citizen. Does that make sense to anyone else?
Plain and simple, he got caught and then didn’t think out his cover story.
and you believe that?
Gifting still means you are not the ultimate owner.
You buy a gun and give it to your kid. Are you a straw buyer? No. Give it to someone else? No.
well it’s a good thing that the shiop owner took the initiative. makes all gunshop operators look good.
Ooooooh that ones gonna get their panties in a twist!
So let’s sum up Captain Kelly’s last few weeks...
He arranges to buy what he would call an assault rifle, then is busted by another gun store customer for hypocrisy. He then defends himself by asserting that he was engaging in a straw purchase with the unnamed intended recipient being the Tucson PD.
Now he’s out on a walk with his daughter and a pit bull. The dog attacks and kills a protected animal.
Act three has to involve a diaper drive.
you got to be kidding? He got caught, then backtracked.
Also, he wants to show how easy it is, right? Didn’t he buy a used rifle?
If so, used means 20 day wait in AZ I believe. Maybe I’m wrong on AZ gun laws.
So he wants to show how easy it is to get an AR and he goes for the a gun that takes an extra 20 days. That is not the definition of easy.
Geez, these guys at this newspaper are failing at their job. They only call this AR-15 an assault rifle twice in the whole article.