With all of these shootings across the nation, gun control laws are getting more strict, as NBC News may already know. NBC asked D.C. Police for use of a high capacity gun clip as a prop in their news show, and they were denied.
We really can’t be too careful with firearms these days. Anyone can be a psychotic murderer waiting to happen. Even a TV news station might have a few lurking in the shadows.
Washington D.C. law also had something to do with it, as it is illegal to possess, sell or transfer a high-capacity ammunition clip in the District of Columbia, regardless of whether or not it is in the vicinity of a gun, says the Washington Press.
There was an incident on “Meet the Press” where David Gregory held up what appeared to be the same kind of clip during an interview with NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre. Investigations are still underway as to whether or not said clip was real and charges should be pressed.
In the interview, Gregory help up the clip before LaPierre and posed the question:
“Here’s a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now, isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these … if we replaced them and said, ‘Well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or 10 bullets,’ isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?”
“I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference.”
I believe LaPierre was right in that case. After all, a news reporter on live TV gained possession of the gun clip and showed it off on camera. People not in the public eye are capable of much more. Not all sales occur in legal stores, after all. It seems rather fishy that he would put on such a display after requesting permission from the police.
Do you think Gregory may have made a back alley deal to sidestep Washington D.C. law, or did he take a chance with a fake prop?