VIDEO: ATF Investigating Dem. Congressional Candidate Over AR-15 Video

A Virginia congressional candidate posted a video where she cut the barrel of her husband's AR-15.

Virginia Beach, VA – A Democratic candidate running for Virginia’s second congressional district is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), after she posted a video to social media that showed her sawing off the barrel of her husband’s AR-15 (video below).

The video, posted by school teacher and congressional candidate Karen Mallard on Wednesday, had been viewed nearly 2 million times as of Friday morning.

Mallard began her presentation by letting viewers know that she grew up “surrounded by guns.”

“Our family had guns my whole life,” she said. “We use them for hunting, for protection, and recreation.”

Despite her purported familiarity with firearms, Mallard said she was “not happy about it” when her husband purchased an AR-15 “awhile back.”

She did not explain why she disliked the rifle in comparison to the other firearms she had been around for her “whole life.”

Mallard said that she finally decided that she wanted the weapon “outta my house” after she learned about the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Florida, during which 17 people were slaughtered, and 14 more were wounded.

“We realized, we didn’t want this gun in anybody else’s house either,” Mallard said in the video. “So today, we’re going to destroy it.”

She then flipped down her protective mask, and proceeded to cut the weapon apart with a saw.

“As your future congresswoman, I’ll make comprehensive gun reform a top priority,” she declared at the conclusion of the video.

As the video spread, several people pointed out that Mallard violated federal law by altering a legal weapon, and turning it into an illegal firearm, WVEC reported.

According to the Sawed-Off Shotgun and Sawed-Off Rifle Act, unless specifically permitted, citizens are prohibited from possessing a rifle that was “modified to an overall length of less than 26 inches,” WVEC reported.

Mallard argued that she did nothing wrong.

“I knew exactly what I was doing,” she said, according to WTKR. “The gun was inoperable before I cut it. And we took it completely apart.”

"We own the gun so we destroyed it and took it straight to the police department and dropped it off. I wanted there to be one less gun and to do something about gun violence," Mallard said.

On Thursday, the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) confirmed that Mallard had turned the weapon over to their department, and said that ATF would be taking possession of it.

You can watch the video of Mallard's potentially illegal firearm modification below:

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First she made a SBR.
SECOND she illegally destroyed a firearm.
3 she playing to the bs in fl school shooting. Shes a hypocrypt. She said used weapons for self defense and hunting. So why is it now you hate the ar/m4 rifle? Ohhh you are running as a bs demozing american commie liberal. Now you need dnc money and liberal votes you are a disgrace to use this school shooting to catapult your self into office on the lives of 17 souls. You are like the loser kristine jilibrand of ny. This idiot was a nra card carring member till she wanted caroet bagger hillary clintons seat in the U.S. Senate.
So now you hate guns and hate Americans who follow the law and have legal firearms for protection. Loser. So when or if you wln surrender all your guns. Dont take any protection from us capitol police dignitary protection unit. Dont ask for armed escorts around shit dc with men with rifles and glocks.
Travel un armed.
Fucking commie.


The Constitution says that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be ifringed.


Nice work, snowflake. You've accomplished exactly nothing.


It’s something how democrats are using the FL school shooting as a gain in politics. All these people that are sawing the barrels off of there AR’s need to be charged. It’s no more than a political stunt, when most people with common sense know it’s a crock of BS! Charge her and let’s keep her out of politics!!!