When Cheap Publicity Stunts Backfire: Mary Kelly’s ‘Assault’ Rifle Purchase Canceled by Gun Shop Owner

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

We’re still not sure what this guy was trying to prove with this stunt, as his story has changed so many times it’s hard to keep track. If he was trying to demonstrate how easy it was for a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record to buy a weapon, then he did so. He also had to wait three weeks to take possession and apparently the owner of the gun shop tired of all the attention. Good for him. Now  we’ll probably see the anti-gun left complain about him having to wait so long to take possession so he could show up with Piers Morgan and wave it around

Gabby Giffords’ husband has had his purchase of an assault rifle cancelled after the gun shop where he bought it concluded that he only wanted the weapon as a political stunt.

Mark Kelly, a leading advocate for gun control since his wife was wounded in the Tucson shooting which left six dead two years ago, bought the AR-15-style rifle three weeks ago to show how easy it is to acquire lethal weapons.

Yesterday the owner of Diamondback Police Supply, in Tucson, announced that he had returned Mr Kelly’s money because he was not buying the gun ‘for his personal use’.

Doug MacKinlay said that he plans to raffle off the gun to raise funds for law enforcement, and donate the value of the rifle to a firearms safety organisation.

Mr Kelly was accused of hypocrisy for buying the same gun he is lobbying to ban, but he insisted that he was only doing so to make a point and said he would hand the weapon in to police.

Because the rifle was second hand, the former astronaut had to wait 20 days to take possession of it – and during that period Mr MacKinlay decided to cancel the deal.

‘While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd 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 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use,’ the store owner said in a statement.

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3 Responses to “When Cheap Publicity Stunts Backfire: Mary Kelly’s ‘Assault’ Rifle Purchase Canceled by Gun Shop Owner”

  1. Blue Hen on 26/26/13 at 8:47 am

    Dear Mark should see if Joe Biden or that moron in the gun commercials has any extra shotguns.