Out of the frying pan into the fire goes David Gregory from NBC’s Meet the Press.
Politico is reporting that NBC asked DC Metro police if they could show a 30-round rifle magazine on air and were told that doing so was “not permissible” under the law. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told Politico via email Wednesday, “NBC contacted [the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department] inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated.”
On last Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” David Gregory held up a 30-round magazine for what he claimed was from an AR-15 rifle while asking NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre if he would support reducing ammunition capacity.
Big “oops” moment for Gregory because that particular magazine is already banned in Washington, DC where “Meet the Press” is filmed.
Another spokesman from the police department told Politico, “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.”
A petition has also been posted on the WhiteHouse.gov website asking that Gregory be held accountable for having the banned magazine. The petition reads:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C
David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person.
DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01
(b) 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.
We The People demand that he be formally charged for violation of this law on “Meet The Press.”
If Gregory is found to have violated the law, the penalty for such under the D.C. Criminal Code is “a maximum fine of $1000 and/or up to a year imprisonment.”
Now, wouldn’t that be something? NBC, of course, has not made any statement regarding this issue. NBC’s arrogant defiance of a lawful order from the Metropolitan Police Department should alone be grounds for investigation.
I, for one, would love an explanation as to how Gregory wound up with a banned magazine in his possession in light of all the recent calls for more weapons bans. However, I’m preparing myself for the expected response that the magazine was a “fake,” and Gregory “oopsed” again by neglecting to tell viewers.
Read a related article, “David Gregory’s ‘oops’ with a banned 30-round gun magazine.”
You can sign the petition here.
Watch the segment from Meet the Press here: