A Virginia schoolteacher running for Congress has come under vicious attack by the NRA and is now under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after posting an online video destroying an AR-15 rifle, ABC 13 News reports.
The candidate, Karen Mallard (D) says she destroyed the rifle, the kind used in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting last month, to take “a personal stand for gun safety,” and handed the weapon over to the police after filming the video.
On Thursday, Virginia Beach Police said they had received the gun and were waiting for it to be picked up by the bureau, which investigates the illegal use of firearms, explosives and other illicit substances.
NRA supporters have suggested that, by sawing apart an AR-15 rifle, the progressive candidate may have violated the law under Virginia legislation that prohibits rifles modified to be less than 26 inches.
On Twitter, Mallard blamed “right wing trolls” for a “coordinated effort” using “error-filled talking points” from the National Rifle Association to accuse her of breaking the law, which she denies.
“Yesterday, 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,” she wrote on Twitter.
“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 told local CBS affiliate WTKR.
Mallard is running to face incumbent Rep. Scott Taylor (R) in the congressional election.
Numerous federal lawmakers have called for tighter gun control measures after the Parkland shooting, where a 19-year-old has been charged 17 students and faculty with the assault-style weapon.
Watch Mallar’s video below:
Did Mallar do anything wrong by destroying her assault rifle and turning it over to the police? What do you think?