Diamond BackThis is the store that Mark Kelly, former Astronaut turned gun-control opportunist, oops – I meant activist, purchased an AR-15 from a few weeks ago. He was doing this as a PR stunt, apparently wanting to show how “easy” it is to buy such a rifle. Even though I am still getting over the shock that someone with the Top Secret government clearances required to be part of the space program can pass a background check, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc. in Tucson, AZ has decided that they do not need Mark Kelly’s business after all. Read the statement they have posted on their Facebook page today. If you are in Tucson, please support this business – they did not ask to get dragged into this media circus. Although, they look like true professionals and Mr. Kelly looks like a bully. Mr. MacKinlay – I salute you!

Read the following statement posted on the company Facebook page by Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc.

“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.

Mark Kelly buying an AR-15 March 5, 2013  at Diamondback Police Supply, 170 S. Kolb Street, Tucson, AZ.
Mark Kelly buying an AR-15 March 5, 2013 at Diamondback Police Supply, 170 S. Kolb Street, Tucson, AZ.



3 Replies to “Arizona Gun Store told Mark Kelly “Thanks, but NO Thanks!””

  1. What I find interesting is Mr. MacKinlay putting his money where his mouth is. He ended up actually doing something concrete in support of his community and values. Mr. Kelly’s actions merely “raised awareness,” which is the new way to claim you took action without actually making any impact.

  2. Fantastic response by Douglas MacKinlay. If I lived in Arizona, I would *definitely* do business with Diamondback Police Supply.

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