Karen Mallard, a Democrat running for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District, accidentally violated the National Firearms Act while attempting to destroy her husband’s AR-15.
In the video below, Mallard says that she doesn’t want weapons like this in her home or anyone else’s. After a little political grandstanding, the Democratic Congressional candidate takes an angle grinder to the rifle. She doesn’t destroy the weapon, however, she merely cuts off the barrel and a piece of the plastic hand guard.
All she’s done is make an illegal SBR, and gun owners can’t stop laughing.
Dozens of viewers began leaving comments about the epic blunder on Mallard’s Facebook page. Completely oblivious to the NFA regulations, Mallard dismisses these viewers as “NRA trolls.”
Under the NFA, a gun owner must submit Form 1, Application to Make and Register a Firearm, before modifying a rifle into an SBR. This form must be approved and a tax payment must be received by the BATF.
After realizing her mistake, Mallard assures potential voters that she later destroyed the rifle and gave it to police. According to CBS affiliate WFMY Channel 2 News, the BATF has launched a formal investigation over Mallard’s video.
Mallard is running on a gun-control platform hoping to replace Republican Congressman Scott Taylor.