Mark Kelly explains
The local paper, very surprisingly, carried the story (I can't get the link to work for some reason) and gives his explanation: he bought the AR-15 to investigate how easy it was to buy.
C'mon, admit it. You bought it because it was a fun gun.
UPDATE: Let's not be too hard on the fellow. This may be a purchase he wanted to keep secret from his Mrs.! Married gunnies face that option from time to time.
Aside from the strawman purchase, what did he prove? That a law-abiding, non mentally adjudicated citizen of the US can also buy the most popular rifle in the US?
Posted by: Flight-ER-Doc at March 12, 2013 09:08 AM
Being as the process is the same for all guns, it makes perfect sense that he would spend $2,000 just for the experience.
Posted by: Stephen at March 12, 2013 09:24 AM
He didn't have to lay out money to find this out, and didn't need to buy an AR.
How stupid does he think those observing this charade are?
Also, I suspect he fired M16's "for familiarization" while in USAF. If it has been decades, I bet he's recalls it.
I suspect he didn't think the light would shine on him, and he would have to scramble.
Posted by: Harry Schell at March 12, 2013 10:11 AM
If he bought it to give to the police like he said in an interview. Doesn't that mean he lied on the 4473 and committed a felony?
Posted by: Dave at March 12, 2013 10:24 AM
" Let's not be too hard on the fellow"
He wants to trample all over my rights while still exercising them himself? I find it hard to be harsh *enough*. He's the worst kind of hypocritical scum.
Posted by: Jeff at March 12, 2013 10:35 AM
Update: Then he can Man the Hell Up and not weasel around......despicable.
Posted by: Flight-ER-Doc at March 12, 2013 12:08 PM
Commander Mark Kelly was of course Navy not Air Force.
Posted by: Marcus Poulin at March 14, 2013 12:29 PM