Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Gun shop won't sell to Giffords' husband
LOS ANGELES TIMES
A gun shop in Tucson, Ariz., has canceled an effort by retired astronaut Mark Kelly, an outspoken gun control advocate, to buy a semi-automatic rifle as a way of demonstrating how easy it is to buy powerful weapons.
Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was one of the targets of a mass shooting near Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011, had sought to purchase the Sig Sauer M400, a type of AR-15 assault weapon, to demonstrate how easy or hard it would be to buy such a rifle.
Kelly and his wife have become active figures in current gun control efforts after the shooting that left Giffords recovering from head wounds. Six people were killed and 13 injured in the attack.
But Kelly's purchase has been rescinded, according to Doug MacKinlay, owner of Diamondback Police Supply. MacKinlay announced the cancellation in a Facebook posting.
"While I support and respect Mark Kelly's Second Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56 mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use.
"In light of this fact, 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 ... background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession of this firearm."
MacKinlay said the gun will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association, where it will be raffled to raise money to buy tactical equipment for members of the group.
The gun shop also will donate $1,295, the cost of the rifle, to a program that teaches young children what to do if they find a gun.