Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed that the department is looking into allegations that NBC’s David Gregory violated D.C.’s gun laws when he waved a 30-round magazine on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Breitbart reported Tuesday.
“Yes, we are investigating the incident to determine if the magazine was in fact real,” Chief Lanier told Breitbart.
According to D.C. law, any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition is considered a “large capacity” magazine and is illegal in the district.
Since “Meet the Press” is taped in Washington, D.C., Gregory appears to have violated D.C. official code 7-2506.01.
“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 code reads.
Those violating the law can be sentenced to a “maximum fine of $1000 and/or up to a year imprisonment,” the code says.
Here was what he said as he displayed the magazine:
Here is 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 could 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?
Read more here about Gregory’s hypocrisy. It’s stunning.
Also of interest is the White House petition to ‘Press Charges Against David Gregory’ for Breaking D.C. Gun Laws, which reads in part:
David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person….
EDIT.1: Maybe David Gregory just caught a lucky break…
Twitter user offers to defend NBC’s David Gregory on 2nd Amendment grounds
— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) December 25, 2012
Twitter user and lawyer Aaron Walker has graciously offered to defend NBC’s David Gregory….
Walker (whose Twitter handle is @AaronWorthing) says that Gregory’s lawyer should argue that the DC assault weapon ban violates the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.