A Minnesota man has been arrested after allegedly pointing an AK-47 rifle at his daughter during an argument stemming from her getting two B's -- instead of straight A's -- on her report card.
Kirill Bartashevitch, 51, had recently purchased the gun because he was afraid that President Obama's push for gun control legislation would lead to a ban on those kinds of weapons, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WCCO.
Bartashevitch and his 15-year-old daughter were arguing about her grades on Jan. 13 in their St. Paul home, the complaint states. When he swore at the girl over her lack of straight A's, she told him she hated him, which led to him allegedly pointing the rifle at her.
A social worker at the girl's high school notified police of the event on Jan. 17, according to KMSP. The social worker said the girl had sent a text message to a friend of hers about the incident. The friend's mother had seen the message and told the social worker about it.
Bartashevitch's wife told investigators that their daughter was telling the truth about what happened, the Star Tribune reported. She added that she tried to protect her daughter, but her husband pushed her onto the floor and pointed the gun at both of them.
The man allegedly admitted to pointing the gun at this family, but added that he had checked the chamber beforehand to make sure it was not loaded.
Officials said the daughter told them she was not afraid because she knew the gun was not loaded.
The daughter was taken to a shelter, and Bartashevitch was charged with two counts of terroristic threats.
He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
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