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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Kingster
Kingster

Why not donate it to police?

johnsjt
johnsjt

Is this what Blue Lives Matter is about? bye

Badge204
Badge204

Typical of stupid people wanting easy polical monies for their personal gain in office. Very stupid

majordad
majordad

So you cut up a perfectly good rifle so that "no one else does evil with it". I suppose when you need a new car the old one will have to be cut up so that a "drunk driver" doesn't use it to kill someone. And, when you move to a new house, the old one will have to be bulldozed to prevent it from becoming a haven for drug dealing. Liberal stupidity at its finest.

MorrisStarkey
MorrisStarkey

It was all planned. Her wussy husband bought the rifle for this grandstanding act. Lefties have grandstanding down to an art form.

Cemike
Cemike

So, it is ok to commit a felony, as long as you turn yourself in to the police afterwards?

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Liberal Demoncrats believe that they are above the law and that rules and laws are only for us peasants, that ignorant b#$@* sawed off the barrel of a rifle and Must be held accountable!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

She didn't do anything wrong. She destroyed a weapon and turned it in. It's not like she sawed off a barrel and went hunting. I agree with destroying a weapon if you're going to turn it in; that way, it can't be re-sold.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Bigg59
'your an idiot.' Ironic. My an idiot what?

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Is this called killing the messenger?

Bigg59
Bigg59

Check your laws in your state I happen to live in VA if the liberal dumb ass would have turned it in to her local police department for police use only then she would not be under investigation for by the ATF the police department would have had a useable firearm for good use but no she along with the rest of the grandstanding liberal assholes had to make an exhibition out of it so I guess you are still an Idiot she did do wrong and I hope the ATF charges her

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Bigg59
Was that all one sentence?

Bigg59
Bigg59

KMA

SRTCaptain
SRTCaptain

You just showed your ignorance. She did not destroy the weapon she shortened the barrel. The receiver is undamaged and therefor totally operable with some parts replacement. Granted it would take some work because of the gas tube junction. Bottom line, she made an illegal weapon.

Ozzie1
Ozzie1

Ya but she had good intentions and if you are a liberal it’s ok when you break the law so long as you have good intentions. See that was easy!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SRTCaptain How did I show ignorance? If she made it illegal to use, then turned it into the police, won't that make sure it can't be used unless someone put some money into it, like you said? The only people who could make it operable now would be the police, right?

Sounds like a smart plan to me. How exactly is it ignorant?

SRTCaptain
SRTCaptain

It is illegal to shorten the barrel, period! No matter what you intend to do with it. IF you wish to turn in a gun you simply turn in the gun. There is no stipulation in the law that says you can chop your gun as long as you are going to turn it in to the police. How much time do you have to give it to the police? Minutes, hours, days? Your ignorance is shown by not knowing the rifle or the law but are willing to speak up about it as the "Hi-estComnDenomn" when you begin to sound like the "lowest common denominator", ill educated in the process.