The District of Columbia’s Office of the Attorney General will conduct an inquiry as to whether NBC host David Gregory violated gun laws on Meet the Press.
On the December 23 broadcast, Gregory — an aggressive gun control advocate — waived around a high-capacity ammunition clip as a prop, an act that is illegal in the city.
As The Inquisitrhas reported, in 2012, 105 people were arrested on charges that included the possession of high capacity rifle magazines in violation of D.C. ordinances, but as yet there have been no repercussions for Gregory showing off a 30-round magazine on national television.
The Washington Post reports, however, that there is some movement in the David Gregory case, and that the matter has been referred to the District’s Office of the Attorney General:
“In an e-mail, a spokeswoman for D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said her department has ‘completed the investigation into this matter, and the case has been presented to the OAG for a determination of the prosecutorial merit of the case.’
“Possessing a magazine capable of holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition, even if empty, is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.”
“The question of how to proceed now rests with the office of Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, which oversees prosecutions of some low-level offenses. A spokesman for Nathan said the office would not comment until a decision was made.”
Ed Morrissey of HotAir.com gets to the essence of the possible prosecution of David Gregory for violating D.C. gun laws:
“Nevertheless, D.C. prosecutes people for violating this absurd law, which has done nothing to keep the area out of the top-ranked gun homicide cities, it should be noted. Either Gregory should be held just as accountable as anyone else in D.C. for violating the law, or the law should be struck and other prosecutions dropped. There is no journalistic privilege for violating gun laws, no matter how absurd they are — even if the violation eminently demonstrates the absurdity.”
Despite his outspoken nature on virtually all political issues, Gregory has yet to make a public comment about the possibility that he violated gun regulations in the nation’s capital. NBC News also been silent.
Do you think David Gregory will be prosecuted under District of Columbia gun laws for brandishing an ammunition magazine?