David Gregory’s predicament may have just grown a little more complex, according to The Washington Post. Mr. Gregory, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and NBC are currently being investigated by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department because the veteran journalist displayed what looked like a 30-round gun magazine on his show Sunday.
“NBC contacted [D.C. police] inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazines is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated.” A police spokeswoman confirmed to the Post that the email was genuine.
DC police are currently trying to determine whether any DC laws were broken when Mr. Gregory displayed the 30-round gun magazine on his show.
“The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this matter,” said MPD spokesman Araz Alali in an interview with POLITICO on Christmas.
The spokesman told POLITICO that MPD was specifically investigating “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 said.
Mr. Gregory displayed what looked like a 30-round gun magazine while interviewing National Rifle Association head honcho Wayne LaPierre. Shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conneticut, Mr. LaPierre and the NRA called for armed guards in schools. Mr. Gregory was attempting to ask the NRA chief whether limiting a person’s access to bullets would have prevented the shooter from being able to kill the high number of innocent children that he did.
Many of the show’s viewers, who reportedly emailed DC police after Sunday’s show and asked that Mr. Gregory be arrested, were aware of DC”s strict gun laws.
“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, however, are primarily concerned with a 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.” They are looking into whether NBC and Mr. Gregory violated this section of DC code.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook, the NRA called for armed guards in schools. “How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order?” Mr. LaPierre said at a press conference last week. “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.”
Many gun rights advocates are worried that the Obama administration will enact stricter gun laws in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy and a nation tired of mass shootings. In response to this fear, gun sales have skyrocketed.
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