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Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Buys AR-15

TUCSON, (UPI) — Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, R-Ariz., says he bought a military-style assault weapon in Tucson to show how easy it is.

Kelly said he plans to surrender the AR-15 to Tucson police, KTVK-TV, Phoenix, reported.

“It’s important for me to have first-hand knowledge about how easy it is or difficult it is to buy a weapon like that,” Kelly said. “For a weapon that’s so deadly, and really designed for the military especially with the high capacity magazines, it’s a pretty easy thing to do, even with a background check.”

Giffords suffered a traumatic head injury Jan. 8, 2011, when Jared Loughner, a community college student, opened fire at a meet-and-greet outside a Tucson supermarket. She and her husband, a Navy officer and NASA shuttle commander, have founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, a group that pushes for expanded background checks for gun buyers.

Kelly said he bought a handgun he intends to keep from the store and then decided to purchase an AR-15.

Douglas MacKinlay, the store owner, told KTAR, Phoenix, he checked that Kelly was an Arizona resident when he produced only a Texas license, making him return with additional proof of residency. MacKinlay said he recognized Kelly.

“We were certainly wondering what his intent was,” MacKinlay said. “But it is not for us to question a customer, other than to question that they are a lawful purchaser and that they don’t have any criminal intent to use that firearm.”

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  • JimH

    If he doesn’t want it, instead of surrendering it to the police, I’ll take it.
    The AR-15 is legal to own(for now), why “surrender” it?

    • jopa

      JimH; Do I really have to explain the whole scenario to you why he bought the gun and gave it away?I sure hope not but on the other hand I wish he would have given it to me.

      • JimH

        Hi jopa, It seems like an expensive way to try to make a lame point.
        The gun shop owner made a profit a on the rifle and a better point than Mark keller.

      • JeffH

        jopa, as usual you don’t have all of your facts…that’s the problem with the dependancy of The National Emquirer and The Globe as your newsource.

        Kelly hasn’t even taken posession of the “AR15″ yet. He has to endure the state required waiting period of 20 days for a used gun purchase.

  • Don 2

    Who are the mass shooters? They are “Liberals With Guns!”


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