(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Mark Kelly failed a gun shop owner’s personal background check.
As a result, the former shuttle astronaut and husband of retired Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords won’t be able to take home an AR-15 assault rifle he purchased at Diamondback Police Supply in Tucson, Ariz.
It seems that owner Doug MacKinlay didn’t like the idea that Kelly planned to turn over the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle to police, a gesture meant to symbolize Kelly’s and Giffords’ support of an assault weapons ban.
MacKinlay wrote on his Facebook page that while he favors Kelly’s Second Amendment rights, he terminated the deal because the gun wasn’t intended for his personal use.
Instead, MacKinlay will raffle off the weapon off to benefit the Arizona Tactical Officers Association. The $1,295 cost of the rifle will also be donated to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, a National Rifle Association effort to teach young children about gun safety.
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