Helen Ubinas, A Philadelphia-based reporter walked into a local gun shop to inquire about buying an assault rifle and in less than 10 minutes, she became the owner of one.
In fact, it only took Helen Ubinas seven minutes after handing over her driver’s license and passing a background check to walk out with a semi-automatic assault rifle. “It’s obscene. Horrifying,” Ubiñas wrote of the ease with which she purchased the weapon from a gun shop in Pennsylvania.
Helen Ubinas also wrote she had anticipated needing to explain to the gun shop she went to why she wanted to purchase this particular assault rifle only a day after the same gun had been used to massacre 49 people and injure 53 others. But as it turned out, Helen found that she didn’t need a reason or a story to back up her purchase, just proof she was a United States citizen who could clear the background check.
“Turns out I don’t need a story,” Helen wrote. “The AR-15 is on display in the window of the gun shop. It is being promoted as the gun of the week.” Helen reflected further that she didn’t even need to supply a concealed carry permit before walking out of the shop with the gun.
Helen Ubinas wrote that she turned the weapon in to the police since she didn’t want to keep it, nor did she want anyone else to get their hands on it, and noted that it took longer to hand the weapon over to police custody than it did to buy it in the first place.