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[UPDATED] VA02 Dem Candidate Karen Mallard Responds to Gun “Trolls” Alleging She Violated Law by Destroying AR-15


UPDATE Friday 1:13 pm:

UPDATE Friday AM:  13 News Now reports, “The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating congressional candidate Karen Mallard after she posted a video on Facebook that shows her cutting apart an AR-15 rifle.”  And WKTR reports:

News 3 reached out to local attorney Eric Leckie and showed him the video. He said, “Sawing off the end of a rifle barrel would probably not destroy it. But if it shortened the barrel to under 16 inches, sawing off the end would make it immediately illegal and it`s a very bad idea,” said Leckie.

“I knew exactly what I was doing. The gun was inoperable before I cut it. And we took it completely apart. And we didn’t put all that on video because I wanted to get the message to the students that I was standing with them,” said Mallard.

So yes, there are serious questions about how Mallard went about destroying this firearm (the authorities are doing their thing on that front, and I guess we’ll all find out the answer at some point). Of course, Mallard’s intent was clearly NOT to create a “sawed-off” firearm, but to destroy her AR-15 and to demonstrate her support for the students in Parkland. Also, it should go without saying that nothing justifies misogynistic or otherwise nasty, ad hominem attacks against Mallard, which you could have viewed in droves on her Facebook page before she apparently took it down (UPDATE: According to Mallard’s campaign, “Karen’s Facebook page is getting so much traffic that we’re unable to access it”). In short, the whole thing’s a mess, even if the candidate’s intentions were well-meaning. Unfortunate.


On February 24, VA-02 Democratic candidate Karen Mallard posted video of her cutting apart her family’s AR-15. On Thursday morning, March 7, Mallard tweeted out that “Right Wing Trolls engaged in what appears to be a coordinated effort to overwhelm our campaign’s social media accounts with mean spirited @NRA talking points about the video of myself destroying my family’s AR-15 Assault Rifle.” Good to see Mallard not backing down to these bullies, which of course is exactly their goal – to make the large majority of Americans who support commonsense gun violence prevention measures back down to the small percentage who don’t. Screw that.

  • I would have appreciated seeing those posts she was responding to.

    • bobby

      Mostly pretty similar to this but, some with some pretty unnecessary name calling: There was no “falsely claiming” as soon as she cut that barrel down, she committed a felony, punishable by 10 years in prison or a 250,000 fine

      • old_redneck

        Have you reported her yet? After all, if you have knowledge of a crime being committed, it’s your duty as a law-abiding citizen to report her.

        Here’s the Richmond ATF office: 804-200-4196

        And the Richmond FBI: 804-261-1044

        Do it or STFD and STFU.

        • bobby

          Yes, she’s been reported, with the video attached and all. Makes it pretty easy when someone films themselves committing a felony

          • old_redneck

            Good. Now come back and let us know when she’s been arrested.

          • bobby

            Glad to see you’re okay with a felony being committed so long as it supports something you want.

          • LOL, exactly – gonna be waiting a loooong time for that to happen!

          • Tracy G

            so if a politician does something illegal it is OK as long as they are not arrested?

          • John Roper

            Hmmm, where have I heard that before?

          • me2_again

            I think people reported Cruz also. Where was the FBI, ATF? Oh yeah… fail.

          • Jerry Saleeby

            Amazing these folks so concerned about the well being of a deadly weapon. What’s the intent of the law? Why was it passed? I seriously doubt it was to punish people who destroyed it to make it inoperable. But, if this gets you worked up, you’ve got bigger problems.

          • bobby

            I don’t care about the “deadly weapon” which, is only a deadly weapon if she used it as such. All these people calling for stricter regulations and more laws, aren’t even aware of the ones that already exist…..and the ones the do exist keep getting violated and plea deals handed out. If you want to have effective gun laws, the punishments need to be actually enforced, and severe enough that people won’t want to violate them.

    • They’re all over social media (including some on this blog), shouldn’t be hard to find…but I’m certainly not linking to that crap.

  • Sweet article guys, shame you couldn’t do a google search to see if these “trolls” are falsely accusing her: https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/atf-national-firearms-act-handbook-chapter-2/download

    • old_redneck

      Okay, “Fletch,” as I told “bobby” above, do your civic duty and report her as you would any other criminal.

      Call, NOW!!!!

      Here’s the Richmond ATF office: 804-200-4196

      And the Richmond FBI: 804-261-1044

      • Tracy G

        many have… move on

      • The JMAN

        Hey Redass, I did what you asked! I called, told them about it, wanna know what the response was? “yessir, we’ll look into it, thank you for your concern.” Now, you can STFU because we did what you wanted.

  • bobby

    There was no “falsely claiming” as soon as she cut that barrel down, she committed a felony, punishable by 10 years in prison or a 250,000 fine.

    • She then proceeded to destroy the gun and hand it in to the police to be properly discarded.

      • bobby

        It doesn’t matter. That’s like saying you kidnapped someone but then took them and dropped them off at school. The second she cut that barrel off, she committed a felony. You can be arrested and charged for even having the parts for a short barrel rifle in your home without the proper paperwork.

        • old_redneck

          Turn her in, bobby. Stop bloviating and thumping your chest. Do the right thing and turn her in. Now.

      • Colby

        Does not matter. She committed a felony on video. Furthermore, the police should have arrested her on the spot when she turned the rifle over to them. They were derelict in their duties by failing to take her in for breaking federal firearms laws.

        • Thomas Moeller

          Law enforcement derelict in their duty… How can that be a problem? Oh…wait… Parkland.

      • Max McGuire

        So you’re saying she tried to destroy the evidence of her crime and then admitted what she did to law enforcement? Whoa

    • old_redneck

      Well, “bobby,” ol’ boy, you need to IMMEDIATELY do your civic duty and report this dangerous desperado to the authorities.

      Here’s the Richmond ATF office: 804-200-4196

      And the Richmond FBI: 804-261-1044

      While you’re at it, you should post chapter and verse of the law she violated. You may post it here –>>

      Or, as I suspect you will do, you can go play with yourself.

      • bobby

        It’s called the National Firearms Act of 1934. Seeing as how this law has remained largely unchanged for nearly 85 years….a person interested in Congress and gun control should probably know what laws already exist. The NFA of 1934 is a HUGE one…not like some little trap law designed to be hidden.

        • old_redneck

          Have you turned her in? I gave you the phone numbers . . . simply call and turn her in.

          Stop trying to change the subject, fool.

          If you truly believe she broke the law, turn her in. NOW. Or you don’t have a hair on your ass. All talk.

      • me2_again

        So they can fail again?

      • John Roper

        Here ya @ol@old_redneck:disqus : 18 U.S. Code § 921 (8) “The term “short-barreled rifle” means a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length and any weapon made from a rifle (whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise).

  • frankoanderson

    Apparently, guns have more rights than people! #AllGunsMatter #StopGunAbuse

  • Mark Brandenburg

    Rifle was not destroyed.it is still an operating rifle less the semi auto operation. It will still send rounds downrange.
    To render it inoperable lower receiver would need to be destroyed per ATF rules.
    Any rifle with a barrel less than 16″ is illegal unless you have the art tax stamp.
    This rifle would be considered illegal.

    • old_redneck

      Well, Mark, as I suggested to other “experts,” call ATF, insist she be arrested.

      • (((Archduke)))

        Actually, if you call the ATF now to report this, they’ll tell you they’re already aware and investigating. Plenty of people have been reporting her.

  • me2_again

    “Stay tuned… next week I’ll be making meth and selling it to kids while saying how bad meth is for kids.”

    • old_redneck

      Were you born stupid, or, did you grow into it?

  • John Roper

    Ms. Mallard’s response was to call them trolls? I would think a response would be to show them that they were wrong, that she did not violate any laws. But she can’t do that, so…

    • old_redneck

      Have you reported her to ATF? Do your civic duty and report her.

      • John Roper

        I did. Why do you keep posting this? Do you think no one is contacting ATF?

        Do you think it’s ok for people to commit crimes as long as they are on your side of politics? I don’t.

  • Gene Roy Boyer

    Did she apply for and obtain the Trust & tax stamp before chopping down the barrel…if not then she did in fact break the law.

    “Effective July 13, 2016, the final rule “Machineguns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Trust or Legal Entity With Respect to Making or Transferring a Firearm” amends the regulations to eliminate the requirement for a certification signed by a CLEO and instead adds a CLEO notification requirement. Prior to the submission of an ATF Form 1 or ATF Form 4 to the Director, all applicants/transferees and responsible persons shall forward a completed copy of ATF Form 1 or 4, or a completed copy of Form 5320.23, respectively, to the chief law enforcement officer of the locality in which the applicant/transferee or responsible person is located. The chief law enforcement officer is the local chief of police, county sheriff, head of the State police, State or local district attorney or prosecutor. If the applicant/transferee is not a licensed manufacturer, importer, or dealer qualified under this part and is a partnership, company, association, or corporation, for purposes of this section, it is considered located at its principal office or principal place of business; if the applicant/transferee is not a licensed manufacturer, importer, or dealer qualified under this part and is a trust, for purposes of this section, it is considered located at the primary location at which the firearm will be maintained.”

  • Archie Jordan

    If the AR-15 she “destroyed” (actually, she didn’t destroy it) was a standard 16-inch carbine, she did break the law…unknowingly perhaps, but any rifle (not just an AR-15) modified as she did without a tax stamp and approval from the ATF is, indeed, a violation of existing NFA Federal law. She is not the only person I’ve seen do this (unwittingly or not) on social media the last few days…I’ve seen 4-5 at least, including an ex-military officer who should have known the law (you would think). I guess everybody wants their 2-3 minutes of fame on social media these days…even if they don’t know or understand federal firearm laws.

  • erictank

    She broke both federal and VA state law, without question, by creating an unregistered short-barreled rifle. Without the $200 “tax stamp” and previously-approved Form-1, which takes several months to get, the instant she cut that barrel she was in violation of the National Firearms Act of 1934, and of VA law § 18.2-300 B., as she created a functional firearm with a rifled barrel shorter than 16″. That it would have to be manually cycled (not semi-auto anymore, because the gas tube was cut) is irrelevant – the weapon would chamber and fire a round. That it was destroyed afterwards is irrelevant – the law makes no exceptions for accidental/inadvertent creation of an SBR, nor for weapons that are destroyed immediately afterwards.

    By rights, she should have been arrested at the police station, and VA and the feds could decide between them if one or the other would put her on trial – or if BOTH would.

    This is what happens when you don’t know even the most important and well-known of the 22,000+ firearms laws on the books across this country, and can’t be bothered to ask for help with what you don’t understand. You commit multiple felonies on camera while “making a statement”.

    Mrs. Mallard – the statement you made was, “Come arrest me, I’m guilty!!!”

    And I’m at the point where I hope you are. You absolutely ought to face the same trial and conviction and prison sentence and fine that I would be subject to, had I done what you did. Equal Protection Under The Law.

  • Jay Robinson

    The great thing about the NFA is there is no clause for “intent”. It doesn’t matter how or why a rifle barrel ended up shorter than 16″. If you possess it, with a barrel shorter than 16, without a tax stamp showing it registered in the NFA, you committed a federal offense, period.