March 26th, 2013
07:17 AM ET
2 years 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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  1. Rudy NYC

    "Lol, is that Chicago? I doubt there is any place in Illinois that you can carry without a permit."

    Once again, the whole point went PFFFT, right over your head. You missed the distinction between "gun permit" and "concealed carry" gun permit. NYC has a controversial "stop and frisk" law that police use to stop and search people, who are out in public, for concealed weapons. You need a special permit to do that within NYC, which is above a beyond a permit to carry a visible weapon within NYC, which is beyond the simple "gun permit" which a weekend deer hunter might use.

    March 26, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "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."

    And he did so on purpose. You can't have a rational conversation with these guys. This is why I say Kelly should use this broken contract and likley consumer law violation to make the point. it's the only thing these guys will understand. They think it's horrifying that representatves elected by the majority of the public might decide that a certain kind fo weapon is too dangerous for public consumption, but they'er perfectly ok with the idea that gun store owners should be allowed to willy-nilly decide who is worthy of purchasing a weapon just based on their own ideological preferences and whims? Right. No hypocrisy here, folks...move along....go stare at the next shiny weapon of mass distraction the GOP/Teatrolls wave in your stupid faces....

    March 26, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Funny just how cowardly the gun nuts always prove to be at core. This was a coward's move. He didn't have the cajones to stand up to the NRA and gun nuts who were harassing his business and he didn't have the courage of conviction to just follow the law and obey his sales contract and go through with the sale based on the idea that Kelly has exactly the same rights as anyone else to purchase a firearm and do with it as he pleases after its purchase (as long as that use is legal obviously, which this was). Apparently, the GOP/Teatrolls/NRA are really the ones who think they should be allowed to determine who is "worthy" and has the right to purchase firearms.

    March 26, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "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."

    And he did so on purpose. You can't have a rational conversation with these guys.
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    You're too kind. I don't think it was done on purpose in this case. The next post rationalizes away the "gift giving" part by pointing out how the same end result will be achieved: a gun donated to the local PD, plus a cash donation of some sort, to boot. Like I said, follow the money. The owner was probably approached, persuaded, and rewarded.

    March 26, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Phatroy

    Do you want people to be able to by AR15's or not? Seems the libs don't really know where they Stand on the issue of purchasing semi auto rifles.

    March 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Phatroy

    Do you want people to be able to by AR15's or not? Seems the libs don't really know where they Stand on the issue of purchasing semi auto rifles.
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    That's what the extreme rhetoric says. If that is all that you listen to, then that is all that you will believe.

    Polls say that 93% of the American people support the type of background check legislation that the Democrats have proposed. That would include a majority of conservatives, independents, and 85% of members of the NRA.

    March 26, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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