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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 measures.

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

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