To prove how easy it is for an astronaut with a clean record to purchase a gun. Funny, I don't see him holding the AR-15 at home.
I'm not sure exactly what he is trying to show us- how great the kool-aide will taste after the "touch a gun, go to jail act" passes? Seems to me that it would be damned inconvenient to have to drive to a gun store each and every time you want to hand a gun to a friend to look at. Poorly written laws are poorly written for a reason. Especially when straw purchases and selling guns to prohibited persons are already illegal. Maybe his is trying to show it happens too quickly- move to Illinois. Wait a month or two for your super secret card to be approved.