David Gregory flashed a 30-round STANAG magazine on Meet the Press, which is filmed in DC. That magazine is a felony in the District. There was talk about Gregory facing criminal charges…now there’s talk he isn’t:
An official from the D.C. police told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that David Gregory COULD display a high capacity magazine on “Meet the Press” Sunday … TMZ has learned.
Well-placed law enforcement sources tell TMZ … a staffer from “Meet the Press” called ATF before the show aired to inquire about the legality of David holding the empty magazine during a segment on gun control. We’re told the ATF person contacted the D.C. police to find out if the District of Columbia — the place where the show is broadcast — had a law prohibiting such a display.
Our sources say the D.C. police official informed ATF David could legally show the magazine, provided it was empty. An ATF official then called the staffer from “Meet the Press” to inform them they could use the magazine.
D.C. police released a statement today, saying “NBC contacted the Metropolitan Police Dept. inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for this segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and the request was denied.”
Now one other thing we need to look at, besides the obvious bullshit that the law might be overlooked so long as an anti-rights dog-and-pony show is underway, is the potential for Gregory facing felony charges and possible jail time.
He’s a smarmy asshole, but is it reasonable to level such charges for simple possession of a piece of folded sheet-aluminum?
Interesting that no one at nbc or mpd knew that for three days.
This is a VERY good point, if NBC and Meet The Press were knowledgeable of the seriousness of possessing a normal-capacity magazine on national TV, and actively sought out a dispensation, why didn’t they, or MPD mention this when the press calls started coming in?
I suspect somebody made a phone call to avoid the charges because the propaganda was worth it. Either way, it shows that the laws are stupid and cause harm to harmless people, or shows that “Progressives” have no interest in following their own laws.
Gun laws, at their heart are unreasonable, and turn lawful citizens with no criminal intent into criminals.