Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords and a co-founder of a prominent gun control group, recently purchased an AR-15 rifle from a gun store in Tuscon.
AWR Hawkins, writing for Breitbart, tracked down a tip that Kelly had purchased the weapon, along with a semi-automatic pistol and “high capacity” magazines:
Breitbart News received a tip on this when Neil McCabe, editor of Guns & Patriots newsletter, contacted us on March 7 and said:
Mark E. Kelly, made purchases which included an AR-15–sometimes described as an “assault rifle”–at 3:30 pm on the afternoon of March 5 at Diamondback Police Supply, 170 S. Kolb Street, Tucson, AZ.
According to McCabe, witnesses to the purchases claimed Kelly purchased “high capacity” magazines as well.
On March 6, McCabe contacted Kelly’s gun control group–“Americans for Responsible Solutions”–and on March 8 they replied that his message had been passed on to colleagues who handle press requests. Breitbart News then began investigating the details surrounding the purchase, including visiting the gun store.
Suddenly, Kelly announced on his Facebook page that he was not going to keep the AR-15, which he has yet to pick up from the store.
Days after making the purchases, Kelly wrote on Facebook:
I just had a background check a few days ago when I went to my local gun store to buy a .45. As I was leaving, I noticed a used AR-15. Bought that too. Even to buy an assault weapon, the background check only takes a matter of minutes. I don’t have possession of it yet but I’ll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do.
Yeah, right. We are supposed to believe that Kelly bought the weapon solely for the purpose of illustrating how easy it was to buy an “assault weapon” and then turn it over to the police? That doesn’t even pass the smell test.
But we should really be hearing from Rep. Giffords whose high profile advocacy for banning assault weapons has been a boon to gun control supporters. Will she publicly comment on her husband’s hypocritical actions?