“The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s Meet the Press’ on Sunday,” POLITICO reports. In fact, the ammunition magazine was, by Gregory’s own assertion to a national TV audience, an illegal-in-D.C. 30-round AR-15 mag. NBC is staying shtum but you can bet the anti-gun network’s lawyers and fixers have spent a good part of their yuletide doing damage control on Gregory’s behalf. Caught red-handed and hoisted by his own petard? We can only hope. From CNN:
Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether NBC’s David Gregory violated D.C. gun laws when he displayed what he described as a 30 round magazine as part of an interview during Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”
“So 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 ten bullets, isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?” show moderator Gregory asked Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association.
It’s not known whether the magazine Gregory had in his hand was authentic or a prop. D.C. police spokeswoman Gwen Crump told CNN the department is investigating the matter and would have no further comment at this time.
I see this going either one of two ways.
The “business as usual” option is that NBC claims the magazine was a deactivated prop, fails to produce the item, and/or the D.C. police drop the case since the person breaking the law is a rich white guy.
The “headline grabbing” option is that the D.C. district attorney puts the screws to David Gregory, going after him at full speed to show that they’re trying to “crack down on guns” in the wake of recent events. David gets off pleading to a lesser crime, or simply pays the $1,000 fine with the change he found in his tuxedo.