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.