Kudos to DiamondBack

Earlier, I reported that Mark Kelly, Gabrielle Giffords' husband and the head of a newly formed anti-gun political pressure group, had purchased a 1911 pistol and an AR-15 rifle at a gun store in Arizona.  He was photographed and identified while doing so, and had to release a public statement to the effect that he was just buying the rifle to turn it in to police.

There's an odd quirk in Arizona law that if you are buying a used firearm from a dealer, you need to wait a period of time (20 days?) before taking possession, purportedly so the police can figure out if it was stolen.  (It seems easier to me to do this check when the FFL takes possession, but what do I know?)

Turns out the store he bought the gun from decided it doesn't want his business:

"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 in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then 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. A full refund was sent to Mr. Kelly, via express mail, on Thursday of last week.

The Sig Sauer rifle will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association where it will be raffled off to generate funds the association can use to purchase much needed tactical equipment for the organization's members. The A.T.O.A. represents the SWAT and Special Response officers of the state's law enforcement community who regularly place their lives on the line to protect the residents of this state.

Additionally, Diamondback Police Supply will make a $1295.00 contribution (the selling price of the M400 rifle) to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program that teaches children, in pre-K through 3rd grade, four important steps to take if they find a gun. The emphasis of the program is on child safety, something that is important to all of us and at the core of the current debate on gun control," stated Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc.

I can find no fault with their position on this.  While the "Police Supply" is a bit annoying, Arizona is a free state and if people want to focus their business on a law-enforcement niche, that's ok. 

Hat tip to Heels and Handguns.

This entry was published Tue Mar 26 09:26:29 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-03-26 09:26:29.0. [Tweet]

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