An Arizona gun store said Monday it was canceling a purchase by Mark Kelly — the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) — after it became apparent he was buying the weapon in a political stunt designed to demonstrate how easy it was to obtain assault weapons.
"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 [sic] 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm."
MacKinlay added that he had fully refunded Kelly's money via express mail, and that the store planned to donate the rifle to a police raffle. The store also plans to donate an amount equivalent to the sale to a gun safety program for children.
"I don't have possession yet but I'll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do," Kelly wrote. "Scary to think of people buying guns like these without a background check at a gun show or the Internet. We really need to close the gun show and private seller loop hole."
Kelly and Giffords have become gun-control advocates in the aftermath of a 2011 shooting at a Giffords constituent event outside a grocery store in Tucson. Six were killed and Giffords was badly wounded in the shooting rampage.