Virginia Democratic congressional candidate Karen Mallard posted a video of her cutting down the barrel of her husband's AR-15 in support of more gun control. Now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is investigating her for breaking gun regulations.
In a video posted to Facebook, Mallard said, “I took a personal stand for gun safety and I'm not backing down.” She proceeded to cut down the rifle's barrel:
The only problem was Mallard violated federal and state law when she shortened the length of the barrel, as it then became a “sawed-off rifle”:
“Sawed-off rifle” means a rifle of any caliber, loaded or unloaded, which expels a projectile by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is designed as a shoulder weapon with a barrel or barrels length of less than 16 inches or which has been modified to an overall length of less than 26 inches.
According to Mallard, she “finished the job according to regulation” and turned the broken rifle into police:
And yes for all the NRA trolls out there, I finished the job according to regulation and turned it over to the police. Why are you more outraged about me taking a gun out of circulation than about our children being murdered in our schools?
13NewsNow confirmed the rifle was in the local police department's possession and that the ATF is investigating the situation.