NBC News anchor David Gregory is being investigated by police after displaying what he said was a high-capacity gun clip on Sunday's broadcast of "Meet the Press," a spokeswoman for Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday.
Gregory held up what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine - barred under Washington municipal code - while hosting the nationally broadcast interview with National Rifle Association Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre.
. . . The incident is "being investigated as a violation of D.C. code," said Washington Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Tisha Gant. She declined to elaborate.
Washington's municipal code prohibits possession, sale or transfer of "any large capacity ammunition feeding device, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm."
The maximum penalty for conviction on such a charge is a $1,000 fine and one year in prison.
From Jonathan Turley's Law Blog
Meet the Police: NBC’s David Gregory Under Investigation For Weapons Violation On Show
. . . This may have been a case where a picture — or consultation with counsel — might have been in order. There is no exception for the media in such possession cases.
On the show with the National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, Gregory showed him the clip and said “Here’s a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now, isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these . . . if we replaced them and said, ‘Well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets, or 10 bullets,’ isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?”
The predictable response from LaPierre was “I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference.” The less predictable response came from gun owners and gun control advocates who noted that the possession of such a clip is a crime. The D.C. law states “No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device.” This does not require that the clip be attached to a weapon and does not appear to require that it have rounds in the clip.
The reported investigation could also ensnare those NBC employees who obtained and transported the clip.
David Gregory will not host this Sunday's 'Meet The Press'
NBC's David Gregory, the subject of a now-popular police investigation, is on vacation and will not host this Sunday's edition of "Meet The Press."
. . . Gregory's vacation was scheduled prior to last week's show, according to NBC. He is scheduled to host the Jan. 5 edition of "Meet the Press."
NBC News has declined to comment on the investigation.
On the run? politico.com/blogs/media/20… #DavidGregory
— Jim Rose (@TSZarathustra) December 26, 2012
Will NBC fire David Gregory and his producer for violating Federal gun laws?Or get a raise?
— Stephen Frank (@capoliticalnews) December 26, 2012
Yup, jail a man for making a point, but let's let any loon buy a gun. Conservatism at its finest. Reptilian in nature, and their long heated battle against information, facts and reality continues.
~ comment by Toddynho on Huffington Post
20 plus children dead at the hands of an elephant hunting, military weapon and the big story is Elmer Fud..... er , ah I mean David Gregory? Really? Every public affairs show on TV needs an armed guard.
~ comment by Huntingtonbeachboy on Huffington Post
Republicans: We dont have a gun problem in this country, we have a journalist holding a magazine to make a point problem.
~ comment by HabeasPorpoise on Huffington Post
Throw Gregory in jail! After all, what is more dangerous: a journalist holding a gun clip on a tv show to make a point, or a gun clip in a semi automatic rifle pointed at innocent civilians? According to the NRA and conservatives, it's the journalist, and we all know why...
~ comment by JWoodz on Huffington Post
"If it's Sunday, it's yard time." --- Prison David Gregory
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) December 26, 2012
If they do interrogate David Gregory, it will probably go, "Some say I'm innocent, some say guilty. We'll have to leave it there."
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) December 26, 2012
. @lolgop Waiting for the NRA press conference where they outline a David Gregory in every school plan...
— GOP Devolving (@GOPDevolving) December 26, 2012
David Gregory should have let LaPierre hold the magazine so they could both be prosecuted.
— S. Glazerman (@cityglaze) December 26, 2012
Dick Armey storming into FreedomWorks with gun toting aide is legal, but David Gregory displaying magazine without gun is illegal?
— Richard Saunders (@organicdemocrat) December 26, 2012
I just realized the gun magazine wasn't a gun periodical... That makes more sensehuffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012…
— Paul Sheaffer (@paulsheaffer) December 26, 2012
Wayne LaPierre sold millions in weapons and is well on his way to getting David Gregory arrested and Piers Morgan deported. MASTER TROLL.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) December 26, 2012
If only David Gregory hadn't watched so many Hollywood movies where news anchors confronted guests with facts and evidence...— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) December 26, 2012
Sunday shows already so overly polite, I just assumed everyone was armed.— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) December 26, 2012
I have a suitcase filled with gold krugerrands and I know how to ride a horse. I can blend in anywhere. I am a shadow.— David Gregory (@MeetTheFugitive) December 26, 2012