Police in the District of Columbia have confirmed that NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory is under investigation for possible violations of D.C. gun laws.
On the Sunday morning broadcast, Gregory — a liberal and big gun control advocate — waived around a high-capacity ammunition clip as a prop, an act that could be illegal in the city.
A D.C. police spokesman told Politico that “the Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter.” The spokesman was unwilling to be more specific however. ‘There are D.C. code violations, D.C. code restrictions on guns, ammunition. We are investigating this matter. Beyond the scope of that, I can’t comment any further.” CNN also confirmed the probe with another police official.
Law professor William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection website tried to get a response from NBC News itself on the David Gregory alleged gun law violation matter:
“My multiple attempts last Sunday to obtain a response from NBC News as to whether the magazine was real were met with stone cold silence. None of the three senior communications executives with responsibility for Meet the Press responded.”
ThePatriot Perspective blog claims that NBC may have even emailed the D.C. police to ask permission to use the high-capacity clip on the show but was denied.
During his contentious interview with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre on Meet the Press, Gregory displayed the clip and said “so here’s a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets,” so it kind of sounds like it was the real thing.
The Patriot Perspective opines that it may not matter if the magazine was loaded or empty because D.C. law also makes it illegal to possess a device that can be restored or converted to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Jacobson suggests that David Gregory and the NBC producers shouldn’t be above the law:
“But assuming, as Gregory stated, that the magazine was for an AR-15, then why shouldn’t Gregory and the staffers to and from whom the magazine was transferred, be prosecuted? Particularly in light of Gregory’s aggressive demand for more guns laws.
“Certainly, if LaPierre had shown up with that magazine, there would be howls of gotcha, and widespread media demands for prosecution. Why should NBC News and its star be above the law?”
DC Code 7-2506.01 makes it a crime to “possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm.” Large capacity is defined as containing more than 10 rounds.
Do you think that charges should be filed against David Gregory if the facts support it?