“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.” — Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (D-MN)
However, what Mr. Pappalardo actually did was commit a felony on camera. He cut off the barrel of his AR-15 rifle. He had made and is now in possession of an unregistered short barreled, single shot, rifle.
I look forward to hearing more about his entanglement with the BATFE in the near future.