Man at His Best

It Only Took 7 Minutes For This Reporter To Buy An AR-15

It took a lot longer for her to hand it over to the police.

BY DIANA BRUK | Jun 17, 2016 | Culture

Aaron Ricketts / Philadelphia Daily News

In the wake of a shooting as tragic as the Orlando massacre, there's always an outcry about the sad state of gun control in America. But just how easy is it to buy a gun? According to Philadelphia Daily News reporter Helen Ubinas, it's faster than ordering a pizza.

In a new column, Ubinas explains how she drove up to a gun shop in Philadelphia on Monday with the intention of buying a military-grade assault rifle, the AR-15. The gun that Adam Lanza had used to slaughter 20 children and 6 staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The gun that Omar Mateen was initially reported to have used to shoot down 49 people at Pulse nightclub (several news outlets are now reporting that it was actually a Sig Sauer MCX rifle).

As she approached the store, she writes of brainstorming "a plausible story" she could give the sales guy for wanting to buy a gun, and, in particular, this gun:

What if I'm asked why, a day after this massacre, I want to buy the very type of gun used to slaughter people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. I consider my options: I'm a woman who wants a rifle for safety reasons? I'm a gun enthusiast with a soft spot for military-style rifles? I'm a card-carrying member of the NRA who is afraid the government will be coming for my guns?

As it turns out, she didn't need a reason. The AR-15 was on display in the window of the store, she reports, and was being promoted as the "gun of the week." Once she'd showed the plucky salesman the appropriate identification to prove she was a U.S. citizen, all she needed to do was fill out a little paperwork, and voila, she had a gun—for the low low bargain price of USD759.99.

Since she didn't actually want it, Ubinas then drove to the local police precinct to hand it over. This, it turned out, was no easy feat. "I seemed to stump more than a few officers when I explained who I was and what I wanted to do," she concludes. "Have you ever tried to turn in a gun in this city? Spoiler alert: It takes longer than it does to buy a gun.”

From: Esquire US.