Mark Kelly made a spectacle of confirming the background check system, but has yet to complete his own background check.
Kelly, the retired astronaut and husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, chronicled buying an AR-15 last week as part of his ongoing effort to ban so-called “assault weapons”. Kelly claimed it was easy for anyone to buy a semi-auto rifle, however, he purchased a used AR-15 with a 20-day wait period and has yet to complete the background check.
Douglas MacKinlay, Diamondback Police Supply owner, supplied this information to the media:
On March 5, 2013 Mr. Mark Kelly purchased a Sig Sauer 45 caliber pistol and a Sig Sauer M400 5.56 AR style rifle from my company, Diamondback Police Supply Co. in Tucson, AZ. The rifle, having been purchased in trade from another customer, cannot be released to Mr. Kelly or any other customer for a minimum of 20 days in accordance with local ordinances. Mr. Kelly did not ask for any modifications to the rifle, nor are we making any. Once the hold period is up, Mr. Kelly must then show proper identification, complete the Federal Firearms Transfer Record (Form 4473) and successfully complete the NICS background check prior to his taking physical possession of the firearm.