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Updated Mar 12, 2013 - 6:14 am

Mark Kelly buys AR-15 assault weapon to make point

TUCSON, Ariz. — The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle
Giffords says he bought an assault weapon 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 AR-15 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

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


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