Mark E. Kelly, gun-control proponent and husband to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, recently purchased an AR-15 (an “assault weapon,” he called it)—which he now says he intended as an illustration of the need for more stringent gun laws.
Kelly reportedly bought the AR-15 and a 1911-style semi-automatic pistol at a gun store in Tucson, Arizona.
Breitbart News received a tip on this when Neil McCabe, editor of Guns & Patriots newsletter, contacted us on March 7 and said:
Mark E. Kelly, made purchases which included an AR-15–sometimes described as an “assault rifle”–at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of March 5 at Diamondback Police Supply, 170 S. Kolb Street, Tucson, AZ.
According to McCabe, witnesses to the purchases claimed Kelly purchased “high capacity” magazines as well.
I’m curious why he hasn’t taken possession of the rifle yet. As far as I know, if you pass the NICS for a rifle, there’s nothing to keep you from walking out the door with your purchase.
As for his stated intention to turn the rifle over to the Tuscon PD, LT Rusty in an email to me alluded to the possibility that this makes it a “straw man” purchase. Maybe he should be prosecuted for violating existing gun laws.