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Mark Kelly Proves That Buying a Gun Is Actually Really Hard

March 25th, 2013 · Posted by · 4 Comments · Arizona, Guns, News, Politics


Gabrielle Giffords’ husband and anti-rights activist, Mark Kelly, recently drew a great deal of (earned) criticism for purchasing an AR-15.  Well, make that ALMOST purchasing.

The President of Diamondback Police Supply just made the following statement on their Facebook page:

Statement of Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc.

“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. 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 Federal From 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm. A full refund was sent to Mr. Kelly, via express mail, on Thursday of last week.

The Sig Sauer rifle will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association where it will be raffled off to generate funds the association can use to purchase much needed tactical equipment for the organization’s members. The A.T.O. A. represents the SWAT and Special Response officers of the state’s law enforcement community who regularly place their lives on the line to protect the residents of this state.

Additionally, Diamondback Police Supply will make a $1295.00 contribution (the selling price of the M400 rifle) to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program that teaches children, in pre-K through 3rd grade, four important steps to take if they find a gun. The emphasis of the program is on child safety, something that is important to all of us and at the core of the current debate on gun control,” stated Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc.

Mr. Kelly left Diamondback Police Supply with no choice – if they had completed the transaction, they would have been in a heap of trouble and quite possibly lost their Federal Firearms License. Perhaps Mr. Kelly will better acquaint himself with the tens of thousands of existing gun laws before he attempts his next stunt.

Also, kudos to Diamondback Police Supply for their generosity in supporting the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, it’s a great program and that money will be well spent.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Simpleman1968 Mar 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    A sensible end to an idiots behavior.

  • 2 Daily Firearms News - Gunmart Blog Mar 26, 2013 at 7:46 am

    […] Mark Kelly Proves That Buying a Gun Is Actually Really Hard […]

  • 3 Pe bennett Mar 30, 2013 at 4:03 am

    If any part of this new gun law was going to make our schools safer, we would all be jumping through hoops to make it happen. Why not donate all the money being spent on this bill to schools for upgrading security systems or better yet, a great mental health program so that these very ill people will get the health they need. In most cases medication isn’t the answer for mentally ill folks.

  • 4 NotClauswitz Apr 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Doesn’t the refusal to sell to Mark Kelly constitute a failure on his part to pass a background check?

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