The battle over guns is getting so bad that even Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights are being violated.
The husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords and former astronaut legally purchased an Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson, Arizona earlier this month, and after taking some time to cool down during the waiting period, the gun store announced it would not sell Kelly the rifle, and not because it wouldn’t work in space.
“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 … was for reasons other then [sic] for his personal use. 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 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm.”
–Douglas MacKinlay, owner of Diamondback Police Supply
So MacKinlay says he believes in Kelly’s right to bear arms, but named no legal reasoning to terminate the sale. He just didn’t want Kelly’s business after learning a bit more about him and what he believes in. Getting to know someone’s background and history a bit before completing a sale, why that sounds exactly like what the gun lobby is fighting against.
Kelly hasn’t reacted publicly to the news just yet, but we do know that he did go off and break up a dog-sea lion fight–unarmed.