NBC requested permission from D.C. police to  display a high-capacity gun magazine for a Sunday news show and was denied, but  ‘Meet the Press’ host David Gregory used the prop anyway.

The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police  Department, which is investigating the matter, claims NBC was told in advance  that the prop was ‘not permissible.’

‘NBC contacted (the Metropolitan Police  Department) inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their  segment,’ police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in a written statement. ‘NBC  was informed that possession of a high capacity  magazine is not permissible and  their request was denied. This matter is currently being  investigated.

‘Repeat offender’: Gregory brandished the 30-bullet  magazine a second time, and then held up a smaller clip carrying 10 rounds while  making a point about the need to tighten gun laws

D.C. city laws prohibit the possession of  high-capacity magazines. Police are  trying to determine if the magazine was ‘real,’ D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier  told Breitbart  News. 

Gregory displayed the magazine during an  interview with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre.

During the segment, which was  dedicated to  the gun control debate sparked by the deadly school  massacre in Newtown,  Connecticut, Gregory pressed LaPierre to admit that outlawing high-capacity  magazines might help reduce loss of lives in  mass shootings.

Brandishing what appeared to be a gun clip  that carries 30 rounds, the TV presenter asked if the head of the NRA would  support reducing the limit on  magazine clips to carrying five to 10  bullets.

‘I don’t believe that’s going to make one  difference,’ LaPierre said in response.

During the heated exchange, Gregory insisted  that reducing the number of rounds in a clip is a ‘matter of logic,’ and to make  his point, he pulled out another, smaller magazine that carries 10  bullets. 

‘And you’re telling me that it’s not a matter  of common sense that if you don’t have an ability to shoot off 30 rounds without  reloading, that, just possibly, you could reduce the loss of life?’ he asked.

LaPierre dismissed Gregory’s argument, saying  that there are so many way that the alleged Newtown shooter Adam Lanza could  have carried out the massacre which has left 20 children and six adults dead  without using a high-capacity magazine.

Just hours after the show aired, some  critics took to Twitter accusing Gregory of violating the gun bylaws of Washington DC, where the show is being taped, by waving a high-capacity clip on  television.

‘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, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or  that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of  ammunition. The term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding device” shall not  include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating  only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.’

The conservative blog The Patriot  Perspective cited a law passed by  the district’s Legislation banning the possession, sale or transfer of a  magazine that has a capacity of more  than 10 bullets.

Those who are found guilty of violating the  gun bylaws could face up to $1,000 fine or a year in jail.

As Legal Insurrection writer and Cornell Law  School associate professor William Jacobson pointed out in a blog post shortly  after Meet the Press aired, Gregory’s possession of an actual clip may have  broken the local laws, unless the clip was a fake, The Daily  Caller reported.

Jacobson later clarified that the only people  who are allowed to be in possession of magazines carrying more than 10 rounds  include licensed dealers, federal or District of Columbia law enforcement  officers, or certified ammunition collectors, none of which appears to apply to  Gregory.

Commenters on Twitter wasted no time going on  the offensive against the NBC presenters.

One user wrote: ‘Nice to know @davidgregory  committed a crime on national TV and nobody cares.’

Another user with the Twitter handle ‘Mr  Hyde’ posted a link to a petition to  bring formal charges against Gregory for  allegedly violating Washington  DC gun laws on national TV.

NBC representatives were not immediately  available to comment on the allegations against Mr Gregory. 


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