https://www.facebook.com/KarenMallardFo ... rk&fref=nf
http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/n ... 84133.html
I'm discussing this on another forum and was asked about mens rea (intent) and strict liability as it applies to NFA law. Anyone care to help out? Thanks.13 News Now in Virginia Beach, Virginia reports that Mallard, a school teacher who is running for Virginia's 2nd congressional district and running on a gun-control platform, is under investigation after she was reported to the ATF for creating a "short-barreled rifle" in the video. The creation and ownership of short-barrelled rifles are regulated under the National Firearms Act. Creation of or ownership of an unregistered weapon is a federal crime.
In the video Mallard says she grew up around guns but she wasn't happy when her husband purchased the rifle. The congressional hopeful says she decided to destroy the rifle after the Parkland Florida shooting. Many who commented on her Facebook video accused the congressional hopeful of "political grandstanding."
ETA; It seems the stupid shall not be punished. https://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-r ... aples-v-us
In order to convict the defendant of a violation of the National Firearms Act, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had knowledge of the characteristics of the weapon that brought it within the definition of a firearm under that Act. Thus, in this case, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant [knew the firearm was designed [or modified] to fire automatically] [knew he possessed a shotgun with a barrel length shorter than 18 inches or with an overall length less than 26 inches] [knew he possessed a silencer] [knew he possessed a grenade]. Such knowledge can be established through circumstantial evidence.