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March 13, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Gun control advocate and astronaut Mark Kelly recently bought one of the rifles that he and his gun control group rail against. The husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords purchased an AR-15 rifle at a Tucson gun shop on March 5.

He made no public statement about the purchase, until news broke that he had done it.

Confronted with news of his “assault” weapon purchase, Kelly said that he bought the rifle only to prove that it’s too easy to buy such weapons.

Well, it turns out that the specific rifle that Kelley chose to buy isn’t so easy to buy. It’s a second-hand rifle. Therefore, it takes longer for the purchase to be completed, according to a statement released to Breitbart by the gun shop at which Kelley bought the rifle:

On March 5, 2013 Mr. Mark Kelly purchased a Sig Sauer 45 caliber pistol and a Sig Sauer M400 5.56 AR style rifle from my company, Diamondback Police Supply Co. in Tucson, AZ. The rifle, having been purchased in trade from another customer, cannot be released to Mr. Kelly or any other customer for a minimum of 20 days in accordance with local ordinances. Mr. Kelly did not ask for any modifications to the rifle, nor are we making any. Once the hold period is up, Mr. Kelly must then show proper identification, complete the Federal Firearms Transfer Record (Form 4473) and successfully complete the NICS background check prior to his taking physical possession of the firearm. [emphasis added]

The applicable local ordinances delay purchases of second-hand weapons by almost three weeks. This raises an obvious question: Why did Mark Kelly choose to buy a rifle that it would take 20 days to buy, if his intent was really to show how easy it is to buy that rifle?

Second-hand rifles tend to cost far less than new ones. Kelly admits that he was in the shop buying a handgun when he spotted the rifle. The most obvious answer to all this is that Kelly saw a rifle he wanted and bought it, believing that no one would ever find out about it. Astronaut Kelly figured no one out here would be smart enough to catch him. Then when caught, he lied about why he bought the rifle.

Oops.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Photos have recently turned up on the web featuring Gabby Giffords holding in one an AR15, in the other, an AK47. They are, therefore, lying hypocrites.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
My guess is Kelly got caught doing something he actually liked. Giffords is a Democrat, but one who was considered relatively moderate at the time of her shooting, and representing an area not known to be favorable to gun control.

But once she was shot by (psychotic, left-wing influenced nut job) Jared Loughner, Giffords became the icon to liberal gun control fanatics, and Kelly found himself as her husband stuck in the position of suddenly having to play the male version of Sarah Brady. Probably not something an ex-military man wants to do the rest of his life, so he tried to surreptitiously his a gun shop and get something to shoot with, while at the same time trying to maintain his image as the loyal husband who is all-in on the cause his wife became the unfortunate symbol of. The hypocrisy there is also likely why Kelly was exposed via the leak to Breitbart, and then had to come up with the 'secret purchase' story. The other option -- telling Democrats to pound sand because he wants to shoot a rifle, would have been a public relations nightmare for someone who cares about his image with the media.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I would rather we lay off the guy and welcome him into the fun, responsible, patriotic fraternity of gun owners. I get the reason for the caterwauling. But inadvertently or not, Mark gave us a chance to bring him into the fold.
Badly missed opportunity.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Does Arizona have a firearms preemption law? If they do, how does a local ordinance delay the sale of a used firearm, if all other state and federal regulations are followed? At most, this 20-day delay sounds like some kind of pawn-broker statute designed to limit the sale of stolen property. This kind of thing does not happen where I reside.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Maybe he should look up Kevin Baker of the excellent "The Smallest Minority" blog for a shooting partner.

Hopefully, Kevin can teach him how to use those shootin' irons correctly...and talk some sense into him.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Maybe he was going to gunwalk it to show how easy it is to get guns into the hands of Mexico's drug cartels. It's all the rage in AZ, more popular with Fed. agents than planking.

What I love about this is that gun control advocates are releasing the names and addresses of gun owners so he can't really whine about his info coming out. Oh, what a tangled web there M. Kelly.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
After this pack of lies, I'm starting to wonder if he really went into space.

Guns for me but not for thee, the liberal mantra.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I do not believe any of his story. First of all he said that he just wanted to buy it and turn it in to the Tucson PD. Then a couple of days later he said he was going to sell it online to prove how easy it was to do that. Anyone who believes this guy is a rube. I guess he never thought that maybe, jsut maybe, this might look suspicious.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
He would be wise to stop digging. If any of his statements cast doubt on his sworn intention to keep the weapon, he's opening himself up to felony straw purchase charges.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
NO, he's fine. There's a special exemption in all gun laws for democrats making an anti-gun statement. His victim status grants him legal immunity so long as he condemns guns.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Bryan, Tou are correct. If Kelly bought this weapon with the idea of transferring it to another individual (especially an inelligible person) it is a serious federal crime. It's time for him to shut his Tang (the drink) hole.
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