A representative for the gun control group Moms Demand Action might find himself in hot water this week after images surfaced of at least three illegal gun parts and accessories he allegedly brought to an informational meeting on October 19.
Scott Pappalardo, who achieved momentary fame last year for “destroying” his AR-15, brought at least three “large-capacity” magazines, two non-serialized AR-15 lower receivers, and a bayonet to a Moms Demand Action meeting in New Jersey, according to a report from the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS).
The state of New Jersey prohibits magazines with capacities of more than ten rounds, non-serialized receivers, and “other weapons… not manifestly appropriate for such lawful uses” (i.e., potentially, a bayonet). If charged, Pappalardo could face up to five years in prison.
Pappalardo attended the meeting to “prepare non-gun owning volunteers to have knowledgeable conversations about gun violence prevention with gun owners they meet at tables or events…or in their everyday lives,” according to the event description.
The NJ2AS reports that Pappalardo used the 80-percent AR receivers to explain how easy it is to produce a firearm at home.
The gun-rights group also claims that Pappalardo brought live ammunition to the meeting ranging from .50BMG to 5.56mm. The original story notes that the National Rifle Association forbids bringing live ammunition to any classroom activities due to safety concerns.
This isn’t the first time Pappalardo has been in the news for potential firearms-related violations. Following the Parkland massacre in February of 2018, the New York man posted a viral video of himself cutting the barrel off his pre-ban AR-15.
“In the back of my head I say, ‘What if whoever buys this weapon, their child gets hold of it and brings it to school one day and shoots a bunch of people?’ Could I live with that? I don’t think I could,” Pappalardo said in the video.
“So I’ve decided today that this weapon will never be used to take a life, the barrel of this gun will never be pointed at someone. I mean, think about it, is the right to own this weapon more important than someone’s life? … I don’t think so,” he continued.
But Pappalardo’s action raised concern, for he appears to simply shorten his rifle’s barrel rather than destroy the firearm. Cutting the rifle’s barrel to a length less than 16 inches would be a violation of the National Firearms Act, among other state and federal statutes.
GunsAmerica reached out to Pappalardo and Moms Demand Action but has not received a response.