Buckley Jeppson of Portland, Oregon was determined to find out why someone would actually want to buy an AR-15 — a military-style weapon similar to one used in the Orlando shooting that killed 49 club-goers on Sunday.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Jeppson wrote that he visited a firearms store called U.S Guns. Jeppson wanted "to try to understand why a store would sell such weapons" like the AR-15 that can shoot "45 rounds per minute."
According to Jeppson, the clerk at the store told him that people use the AR-15 for protection, and without it, their store would be out of business.
U.S. Guns refuted Jeppson's story in a Facebook post on Thursday, writing that it was "an outright fabrication" and "very different from what took place."
Semi-automatic weapons similar to the AR-15 were also used in mass shootings in San Bernardino, Aurora and Newtown. On Wednesday, the family of the person who invented the AR-15 told NBC News that this gun was intended as a military weapon only.
Jeppson said that he cried on the way home from the store while reminiscing about a friend who bought a gun and killed himself. His Facebook post, which received over 42,000 shares as of Friday, featured a special plea about improving gun safety in America.
"There is something very wrong here and the only way it will get fixed is if we all get off our butts and do something about it," Jeppson wrote. "Everyone start by finding your neighborhood gun store and go in and ask questions. Challenge them a bit to think about it and to come clean with the real reasons for these guns. It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. It has to do with the money they make from paranoid people, made even more paranoid by the NRA. We all have a gun story. Tell them your story and ask them to stop selling AR guns. They probably won't, but you will have made them think about it."
A Plus reached out to Jeppson for a comment.
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