Mark Kelly explains purchase of AR-15 at Tucson gun store

2013-03-11T16:14:00Z 2013-03-12T08:36:26Z Mark Kelly explains purchase of AR-15 at Tucson gun storeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 11, 2013 4:14 pm  • 

The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says he bought an AR-15 rifle in Tucson to make a point about the ease of background checks for gun owners.

Appearing Monday on CNN, Mark Kelly says he plans to turn the high-powered rifle in to Tucson police.

Kelly says he went to a store recently to buy a .45 caliber handgun, which he plans to keep.

He says “it’s too easy to buy an assault weapon and it really shouldn’t be.”

The AR-15 is among 157 military-style weapons that would be banned under a bill pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kelly and Giffords have been outspoken about the need for new gun-control measures.

Giffords was among 13 people wounded in a January 2011 rampage that left six dead.

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