by NW Spotlight
Mark Kelly, the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, went shooting yesterday after testifying in favor of additional gun control at the Oregon Legislature. Kelly, a former Navy captain and former astronaut, was in Oregon to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in support of Sen. Floyd Prozanski’s “universal background check” bill, SB 1551.
As we reported on Wednesday, the man who shot Gabby Giffords in 2011 purchased the gun legally after passing a background check, and so Mark Kelly’s reason for testifying yesterday was more about his support of gun control in general than any relevance to the Oregon bill. In fact, Kelly acknowledged yesterday that the man who had shot his wife had passed a background check.
Kelly testified as part of a panel along with Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Donna Henderson, an Assistant Chief of Investigations at the Portland Police Bureau.
Later in the day, Kelly went shooting at the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct Range.
It’s not the first time that Mark Kelly has participated in gun activities right after testifying in favor of gun control. Last March, Kelly purchased an AR-15 “assault rifle” and a .45 cal handgun the day after testifying before the Colorado State Senate in support of “universal background checks.”
It’s also not the first time that Mark Kelly has been photographed shooting. Last April, Kelly was filmed by CNN shooting his wife’s Glock 9mm handgun – the same type of handgun that was used in his wife’s shooting.
[h/t Bruce McCain for the PPB tweet]
UPDATE: The Portland Police Bureau removed the tweet of Mark Kelly shooting at their Central Precinct Range – sometime during the day on Friday, 2/7/2014. The “went shooting” link in the above article has been updated to show a screen shot of the tweet on http://twitter.com/PortlandPolice before it was removed.
UPDATE: Even the website for Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly, mentions Mark Kelly’s visit to the Portland Police Department indoor firing range after testifying at the Oregon Legislature.