Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, tried to make a political point recently by purchasing two guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle, at an Arizona gun store. Kelly said he did it to demonstrate how easy it is for someone to buy a gun, as he continues to call for stricter gun control laws.

But now the store's owner, Doug MacKinlay, is speaking out, announcing

he will cancel the purchase because it's clear Kelly only wants the guns in order to make a political statement.

"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," MacKinlay said in the statement.

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Kelly couldn't immediately take possession of the rifle because the shop had bought it from a customer. As a result, the store is required by a Tucson ordinance to hold the gun for 20 days to give the city enough time to make sure the weapon wasn't used in a crime


MacKinlay added that the store will return Kelly's money, donate the rifle to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association to be raffled as a fundraiser and make an additional contribution of $1,295 -- the value of the rifle -- to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.

Giffords was badly injured in a 2011 mass shooting that left six people dead and 12 others injured.

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