Did NBC's David Gregory violate DC's strict gun laws when he displayed what looked like a 30-round gun magazine on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday?
POLITICO reports that the Washington Metropolitan Police Department is looking into whether any city laws were broken when Mr. Gregory showed the gun magazine on his show over the weekend. “The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter,” said MPD spokesman Araz Alali in an interview with the website on Christmas.
The MPD spokesman told the website that the police department was specifically looking into "The 'Meet the Press,' David Gregory incident."
“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,” Mr. Alali added.
Following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conneticut, and the National Rifle Association's call for armed guards in schools, Mr. Gregory had Wayne LaPierre, the head of the NRA, on his show. During his interview with Mr. LaPierre, Mr. Gregory showed what looked like a 30-round magazine, as he questioned the NRA head about limiting access to bullets and whether that would have prevented the shooter from killing so many innocent kids at Sandy Hook Elementary.
DC has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. "Carrying a handgun, rifle, or shotgun in the District is prohibited, except that a person holding a valid registration for a firearm may carry it in his home or place of business, while it is being used for lawful recreational purposes, and while being being transported for a lawful purpose in accordance with District or federal statute. No license to carry is available," a description of DC's gun laws reads on the NRA's website.
DC police are reportedly looking into whether Mr. Gregory violated the section of DC code that reads: “No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding device’ means a magazine."
Speaking last Friday, NRA head Wayne LaPierre called for armed guards in schools. "How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order?" Mr. LaPierre asked at a press conference. "Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, court houses, even sports stadiums are all protected by armed security."
Mr. Gregory was asking Mr. LaPierre the questions that many gun control advocates would like to ask the NRA and other gun rights organizations. For this group of individuals, the answer to preventing another tragedy like the Newtown shooting is to restrict access to guns. In anticipation of stricter gun laws after the shooting, gun sales across the nation have skyrocketed.
According to POLITICO, NBC has not responded to a request for comment.
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