TUCSON, Ariz. (CBSDC/AP) — The owner of a Tucson gun store where former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ husband purchased a semi-automatic rifle has canceled the transaction.
Doug MacKinlay said Monday that a full refund was sent to Mark Kelly via express mail because the former astronaut didn’t plan to keep the AR-15-style rifle for his personal use.
“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 (sic) for his personal use,” MacKinlay, owner of Diamondback Police Supply, posted on his Facebook.
Kelly bought the gun March 5 at Diamondback Police Supply, saying he wanted to show how easy it is to buy an assault weapon. He planned to turn it in to Tucson police.
“Scary to think of people buying guns like these without a background check at a gun show or the Internet,” Kelly stated on Facebook. “We really need to close the gun show and private seller loop hole.”
MacKinlay tells The Arizona Daily Star that he terminated the transaction Thursday before Kelly could take possession of the firearm.
Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 shooting outside a Tucson supermarket that left six others dead.
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