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Worse Publicity Stunt: Mark Kelly or Diamondback Police Supply?

In a battle of gun-related publicity stunts, neither Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelly nor Tucson gun shop Diamondback Police Supply really proved their point.

Kelly bought an AR-15 rifle, claiming that he was just experiencing the process of buying one, but now the gun shop says it's actually not going to give it to Kelly, since Kelly claimed he was going to turn over the firearm to Tucson PD once he acquired it.

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-Mark Kelly Won't Get His AR-15, as Tucson Gun Store One-Ups Kelly in Publicity Stunts

"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 [sic] for his personal use," Diamondback Police Supply owner Douglas MacKinlay says on Facebook. "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 Form 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."

So, between the gun-lover preventing a fellow American from getting a gun, and the guy who was trying to show that it's so easy to get an assault rifle but didn't get an assault rifle, who had the worse publicity stunt here?

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Matthew Hendley
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