March 26th, 2013
07:17 AM ET
1 year ago

Gun store nixes Mark Kelly's AR-15 purchase

(CNN) - An Arizona gun store says it has canceled a recent purchase of an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle by Mark Kelly thwarting the retired astronaut's attempt to demonstrate how easy it is to buy high-powered weapons.

Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords and an outspoken advocate for new gun control measures, had in recent interviews said he was buying the rifle to showcase what he said are unobtrusive background checks.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    I cannot wait to hear the outrage from the far Reich, about how Kelly's 2nd Amendment rights are being violated and how the Communist gun store owner should be tried for treason!

    March 26, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    MacKinlay said he sent a full refund to Kelly and nixed the transaction because Kelly made statements in the media that the rifle purchase was "for reasons other then (sic) for his personal use."
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    The gun store owner acted improperly under Arizona law. There is no time frame associated with "for his personal use." To use the gun store owner's argument, you would not be able to purchase a small firearm to give your son on his 12th birthday.

    March 26, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "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,"
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    The fact of the matter is that it was pretty simple for Mr. Kelly to purchase the rifle. I bet if you put more gun sellersa on the spot, they'll insist on having background checks to protect themselves from any liability.

    March 26, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    So a decorated astronaut can't buy an AR-15 but a hick with a 4th grade education can??

    The NRA definitely has the GOP by the um you know.

    March 26, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    As you drive around this country, you can see McDonald's almost everywhere. I know of one urban location where there are five franchises within the same square mile. On that note, consider this food for thought. There are rougly three times as many gun stores as McDonald's restaurants in the United States.

    March 26, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. MrBeenThere

    What a farce......... NRA propaganda ............. Kelly could pass any background check standing on his head. Think maybe the store owner a NRA gun toting wacko himself recognized Kelly and try's to make a moronic point.............

    March 26, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  7. Name lynn

    Them people is getting guns on the street, they dont need a background check all the people need is money an there is it.

    March 26, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  8. ronvan

    The store owner is a moron. Instead of using the law he/they used "personal" feelings to deny this sale! Just shows how many problems there actually are with this problem. Human stupidity being one of them!

    March 26, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. Phatroy

    He never had the rifle in his possession due to the law requiring 20 days before he could pick it up. And by the way anyone buying a gun for their 12 year old son will keep it locked up until they go to shoot together supervised by an adult. You liberals will just say anything no matter how stupid it sounds!

    March 26, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I say follow the money. The store owner had to have been paid off. The owner acted unlafully, under Arizona law. The only definition of "personal use" that matters is Mr. Kelly's. Besides, Arizona law does not impose a time limit on long that personal use must last. You can walk out of a gun store and sell it in the parking lot without breaking the Arizona law.

    March 26, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Phatroy

    There sure are a lot of anti gun people here that seem to be upset that a person was turned down for the purchase of a so called assault weapon. Hhmm, do you want people to be able to have them or not? At least stand by you belief.

    March 26, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Phatroy

    He never had the rifle in his possession due to the law requiring 20 days before he could pick it up. And by the way anyone buying a gun for their 12 year old son will keep it locked up until they go to shoot together supervised by an adult. You liberals will just say anything no matter how stupid it sounds!
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    Sounds stupid? Allow me to point out the obvious. How can you "keep it locked up" when the store won't even sell it you simply because you plan to give it away to someone as a gift? You entirely missed the point.

    March 26, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. lief

    The last time I checked, store owners have the right to refuse service and that is exactly what happened here.

    March 26, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. Wake up People!

    Isn't this considered discrimination?? Didn't the gun shop owner infringe on Marks 2nd amendment rights??

    March 26, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. Phatroy

    I gues the end game here is the same. Not only is the gun shop donating the semi auto rifle to the police, but also donating money to a gun safety program. I say regulate handguns more, after all, that is the criminals weapon of choice. How many of Chicago's murders were committed with an Armalite Rifle 15?

    March 26, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    lief

    The last time I checked, store owners have the right to refuse service and that is exactly what happened here.
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    No, they do not. Not if the store is open to the general public and uses US currency. Try reading the Civil Rights Act sometime.

    March 26, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Phatroy wrote:

    ....I say regulate handguns more, after all, that is the criminals weapon of choice. How many of Chicago's murders were committed with an Armalite Rifle 15?
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    Tell that to the NRA. They successfuly repealed Chicago's ban on concealed handguns a few short years ago, and gun violence has exploded ever since.

    March 26, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Phatroy

    Bars & restaurants can refuse service.

    March 26, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Phatroy

    I'd like to see the statistic on how many of those south side gang members accually took the time to go through a background check and liscense to carry concealed. Legal permit holders do not go around committing felony crimes.

    March 26, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  20. Guest

    Good, he should be arrested for falsifying his intended use of the weapon! Go after your thug gang bangers, illegals, criminals...leave the rest of us alone liberals! Americans have fought and died for our rights, stop pissing them away for your party agenda.

    March 26, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Phatroy

    I'd like to see the statistic on how many of those south side gang members accually took the time to go through a background check and liscense to carry concealed. Legal permit holders do not go around committing felony crimes.
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    Allow me to point out the obvious. A legal permit to carry a concealed weapon within Cook County is no longer required. Now. What was the point you were trying to make?

    March 26, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Phatroy

    Lol, is that Chicago? I doubt there is any place in Illinois that you can carry without a permit. Vermont doesn't require one either Rudy. Besides, why would you want to make it to where I can't protect my children in the event some bad guys wants to do them harm. Really? Rudy, instead of going in circles here, just check back with me after elections. I'm off to buy a big gulp, and a few more boxes of .223

    March 26, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Phatroy wrote:

    Lol, is that Chicago? I doubt there is any place in Illinois that you can carry without a permit. Vermont doesn't require one either Rudy. Besides, why would you want to make it to where I can't protect my children in the event some bad guys wants to do them harm. Really? Rudy, instead of going in circles here, just check back with me after elections. I'm off to buy a big gulp, and a few more boxes of .223
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    Allow me, once again, to point out the obvious. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    March 26, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Sniffit

    It was for his personal use. Using the weapon to make a public statement and then turn it in to the police IS personal use and this sstore owner is just being instructed on how to blatantly misinterpret and misapply the language about "personal use" as a thin excuse for trying to rescind his contract of sale. The store owner has zero right, power or authority to determine that Kelly needs to actually intend to orun around shooting it at varmints and deer if he wants to complete the transaction. This guy broke a contract and no doubt violated AZ consumer protection laws. He is obviously just bending to NRA putting pressure on him, non-stop phone calls from angry gun nutjobs and boycott threats from local yokels, but that's no excuse. None. Kelly should sue the pants off him, bankrupt his store with the judgment and try to get his license to sell firearms revoked. The guy is playing games...well, two can play...and who has the last laugh then, eh Captain Shootemup?

    March 26, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Bars & restaurants can refuse service."

    Only with good and justifiable reasons...bare feet, no shirt, dress code, drunkenness, etc. Gun stores can't refuse to sell merely because they don't like that the purchaser is going to turn in the weapon at a police station soon after the purchase....and most certainly not just because they determine that all the threats from whackadoos that they'll boycot the store or the NRA threatening to blacklist them are "bad for my business."

    March 26, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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