Gabby Giffords' husband Mark Kelly has testified in Congress in favor of a renewed assault weapons ban. Last Monday he also spoke in support of a Colorado gun control bill requiring tougher background checks for gun buyers.
The next day he bought a used AR-15 from his local gun store in Tucson, Arizona. He explained on his Facebook page that he bought it to illustrate how easy it is to buy such weapons, & will be turning it over to the police:
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 yet but I'll be turning it over to the Tucson PD when I do. Scary to think of people buying guns like these without a background check at a gun show or the Internet. We really need to close the gun show and private seller loop hole.
Breitbart.com writers are not buying Kelly's explanation. The story is all over their homepage at the moment - here, here, and here. Breitbart.com's Awr Hawkins implies that Kelly is being hypocritical, and intended to keep the AR-15, but was forced to explain he was returning it after being publicly exposed.
"Breitbart News...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," Hawkins writes.