She may have illegally modified the weapon
Schadenfreude. Schadenfreude and ALL the giggles.
Karen Mallard, a Democrat Congressional Candidate from Virginia Beach posted a video of herself sawing off her husband’s AR-15 in protest gun of violence after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
The video was posted on Facebook Wednesday night. where it received more than 1.4 million views
But the internet is forever and some kind soul took the trouble of uploading the video to YouTube:
In a nutshell, Mallard says neither she nor her husband wants the gun in their home anymore, she busts out a grinder, saws off the barrel and part of the handguard, then says she wants to join nutter gun control group, Moms Demand Action.
Many viewers noted that modifying a firearm without the proper permit might not be legal.
As numerous individuals pointed out to Mallard on social media once the clip was circulated, many of which she dismissed as “NRA trolls,” the act of creating a short barreled rifle with a barrel less than 16-inches long is strictly regulated under the National Firearms Act.
Those seeking to convert an existing firearm into a SBR need to first submit a Form 1 to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with the required tax payment which then has to be approved, a process that can take months. Possession of an unregistered NFA item is a felony. The clip ends with the abbreviated barrel still attached to a receiver that was not destroyed in line with ATF specifications.
Though Mallard at first removed the video, she later re-posted it and asserted that she destroyed the gun, saying “I finished the job according to regulation and turned it over to the police.”
Her platform includes universal background checks, a seven-day mandatory waiting period for gun purchases, and a ban on “military-style weapons” and bump stocks.
Virginia Beach local news reported the ATF was “looking into the situation.”
Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce, spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Police Department, confirmed that the rifle was in the department’s possession. Pierce told 13News Now the ATF was looking into the situation.
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