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Did NBC's David Gregory violate DC gun law on Meet the Press?

By Doug Powers  •  December 23, 2012 06:59 PM

**Written by Doug Powers


As Prof. William Jacobson noted, the answer to the question in the title appears to be “yes” — unless the magazine Gregory was holding on Meet the Press today while lecturing NRA president Wayne LaPierre was a prop:


From Warner Todd Huston at Big Journalism by way of Doug Ross:

During the show, Gregory waved around a 30-round magazine for what he claimed is an AR-15 rifle. But since Meet the Press is taped in NBC’s Washington D.C. studios this is actually a violation of the city’s strict gun laws.

Washington D.C. specifically bans the very ammunition magazine that Gregory bandied about during his discussion.

DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01 (my bold)

(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. 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.

File that under “if they really want it they’ll get it” — whether it’s for protection, to commit crimes, or for a lib media talking head to unwittingly undercut his own argument on national television. Better put Biden on it.

The penalty on the books is a maximum of a $1,000 fine and/or up to a year in jail. Gregory should be more careful, because he doesn’t look to be the type of guy who could hack a year in the joint. He shouldn’t worry though — it’s not as if he works for Fox News or anything. If he did he might be getting perp walked by now.

There’s already a petition at the White House’s website calling for Gregory to be held to the law, but he won’t be. Which leads to this: Maybe Gregory should look into why the laws on the books aren’t entirely enforced before calling for new ones. He appears to have experienced it firsthand.

Twitchy has much more.

Update: Keep in mind the fact that David Gregory mocked LaPierre’s idea for armed security in schools as you read this about where the Meet the Press host’s own kids go to school:

The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends.

According to a scan of the school’s online faculty-staff directory, Sidwell has a security department made up of at least 11 people. Many of those are police officers, who are presumably armed.

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