D.C. police warned “Meet the Press” in advance that they couldn’t use a high-capacity magazine; Update: Or did they?

posted at 1:31 pm on December 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

So says William Jacobson and he’s got the official confirmations to prove it. Yesterday this was a story about how onerous gun regs could trip up even an unwitting, innocent reporter. Now it’s a story about media self-regard:

Officer Aziz Alali of the MPD Public Information Office … gave me this statement by telephone:

“NBC contacted the Metropolitan Police Department inquiring if they could utilize a high [capacity] magazine for thie segment. NBC was informed that that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and the request was denied. This matter is currently being investigate and I cannot get into any further specifics on this investigation.”

Could be that Gregory ended up using a prop, not a real magazine, but that’s not how he identified it during the segment and that’s not something that NBC has ever claimed. More from WaPo:

A police official said the case has been assigned to detectives in the gun unit. Investigators will first determine whether the segment was taped in the District and then whether the clip Gregory held up on air was real and contained bullets.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, said detectives would be reaching out to NBC officials, but had not yet spoken to Gregory. Any request to use a magazine would have been turned down as a matter of course, the official saids, because it would have implicated police in an illegal act.

Meanwhile, Jeffrey Goldberg tweets:

That’s the point of calling for Gregory to be prosecuted, though — to highlight how gun regs frequently force cops to waste time hassling non-dangerous, otherwise law-abiding gun owners. Charging a guy for possessing a high-capacity magazine when he had neither a gun nor ammo with which to use it is an absurd illustration of policing the weapon instead of the “shooter.” In fact, given the publicity this has gotten online, maybe they don’t even need to charge him now. Maybe the mere possibility of it happening (or the possibility of Gregory having to address this on Sunday’s show) is so ridiculous that the point has already been made.

Question, then: If the cops warned him beforehand that he couldn’t lawfully display the magazine, why’d he do it anyway? The most arresting thing about the MTP segment is how gratuitous that part is; a photo showing a high-capacity mag alongside a regular one would have made the point just as well. Why risk prosecution for such a negligible bit of showmanship, especially when gun-rights advocates could point to it as proof of how easy it is to bring a HCM into a jurisdiction with laws as tight as D.C.’s? I think it’s a simple matter of Gregory and his producers wanting to signal to their audience that their commitment to journalism trumps all else. If there’s a risk of prison here, hey — that’s something they’re willing to accept in order to please their audience with a dumb, dramatic flourish while grilling Wayne LaPierre. Besides, the risk is small. How likely is it that an anti-gun district like D.C. is going to send a reporter to jail for something he did while confronting one of the gun lobby’s top spokesmen on TV? Even if they were inclined to prosecute, the public outcry — and resulting skepticism towards gun laws — from a harsh sentence would force them to let him off easy with only the tiniest wrist slap. He risked basically nothing with his stunt and got tons of free press for it. I guarantee you that he’d do it again if he could.

Update: The confusion over gun laws deepens

Well-placed law enforcement sources tell TMZ … a staffer from “Meet the Press” called ATF before the show aired to inquire about the legality of David holding the empty magazine during a segment on gun control. We’re told the ATF person contacted the D.C. police to find out if the District of Columbia — the place where the show is broadcast — had a law prohibiting such a display.

Our sources say the D.C. police official informed ATF David could legally show the magazine, provided it was empty. An ATF official then called the staffer from “Meet the Press” to inform them they could use the magazine.

So two different D.C. cops told them two different things?


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I need to see his booking photo on The Smoking Gun…

Total irony…

Khun Joe on December 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Ban all the props!

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Props are killers.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Except it wasn’t a magazine, it was a clip and was made for a revolver.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Gregory did it to simply provide “red meat” to his viewers and to make LaPierre sweat. He knows he will not be arrested. If he is, it will simply make him a hero to his viewers and allow him to demonize the NRA and law abiding gun owners. It’s very easy to be a tough guy when your children go to to the same school as the Obama’s children and are protected by 11 Secret Service agents.

Agent of the Cross on December 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Prop clips for prop revolvers don’t count.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Mark Steyn called Gregory a “bitter clinger, clinging to his guns.” Lol

conservative pilgrim on December 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

If only Gregory hadn’t been mentally ill.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Or was he?

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I read somewhere that even if it had the spring removed and wasn’t functional and was just a “prop” that it was still illegal because the ban includes those that can be easily made into high capacity.

I hope to God he gets arrested. The left will scream about a waste of resources and how stupid that gun law is and will unwittingly make our points for us about how pointless a lot of these laws are in stopping criminals.

nextgen_repub on December 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

^^^
exactly!

One of those Machine gun revolvers that fire explosive bullets.

Hill60 on December 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Does his non arrest mean we can walk around with AR mags? The liberty tree is wilting.

wheelgun on December 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Except it wasn’t a magazine, it was a clip and was made for a revolver.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I see what you did there.

BacaDog on December 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Except it wasn’t a magazine, it was a clip and was made for a revolver.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Damn! I shoulda refreshed before I posted.

Hill60 on December 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Could be that Gregory ended up using a prop, not a real magazine, but that’s not how he identified it during the segment and that’s not something that NBC has ever claimed.

NBC is known for staging events, so I think they will take a bit of flak for using a prop rather than deal with criminal charges. Can they get away with that?

Lightswitch on December 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

How likely is it that an anti-gun district like D.C. is going to send a reporter to jail for something he did while confronting one of the gun lobby’s top spokesmen on TV?

Puhlease. If the reporter was from Fox News, we’d see the reporter frog marched and in an orange jumpsuit by now. Gregory is a part of the club and will get a pass.

conservative pilgrim on December 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

This is such a joke, does anyone honestly believe anything would happen if Gregory did break any laws, he could have had a AR on his show and nothing would be done about, he’s another Obama talking head voice, therefore he is above any law the rest of us have to follow!

Zcat on December 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

A lib breaks a law he demands everyone else should abide, then the rest of the Left circles the wagons to protect him. I guess that’s the liberal idea of journalistic integrity.

He should be prosecuted, because his action doesn’t fall under any meaning of the right to a free press. Of course he won’t get a stiff fine or other penalty, but reporters need to realize they’re not above the law.

Liam on December 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Shocking that clip didn’t start shooting people.

sentinelrules on December 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I don’t agree that Gregory was “committing an act of journalism.” He was free to report, subject to the same laws that govern everyone else. Of course, he was advocating, not reporting, but that still does not excuse him from obeying the law.

Now it may be that the clip was some sort of prop, and thus there was no underlying violation of the law. But then the assertion that he was reporting is particularly barren, and his credibility as a reporter or advocate shredded.

NCC on December 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

If the rich white guy doesn’t get punished for knowingly violating the law, the next time they try to prosecute anyone else for violating the law, the lack of prosecution of Dick will be held up as proof the law is discriminatory.

If they want to ever enforce that law again, they’re going to have to enforce it against him.

Greg Q on December 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Fake host uses fake gun magazine? Throw the book at him, Danno! This chump is looking for publicity so give it to him. Otherwise it shows how stupid and meaningless their guns laws are, right?

Rockshine on December 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

The spring could have popped out and maimed someone on the set.

Something must be done!!!!!!!!!

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

“possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible…..”

First off think about that statement. Someone from the government is DENYING PERMISSION to have a gun clip.

Secondly, if a normal person did this what would happen? If he would be charged then ARREST DAVID GREGORY.

Otherwise leave the more media wussie alone.

PappyD61 on December 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I read somewhere that even if it had the spring removed and wasn’t functional and was just a “prop” that it was still illegal because the ban includes those that can be easily made into high capacity.

I hope to God he gets arrested. The left will scream about a waste of resources and how stupid that gun law is and will unwittingly make our points for us about how pointless a lot of these laws are in stopping criminals.

nextgen_repub on December 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

To highlight the absurdity of the situation… in California, you must remove the base plate, spring and follower from the magazine body – then you have a “kit”. If NBC’s intention was to have a prop – they might have gotten away with it, had they had disassembled the magazine – and then had Gregory only hold the body. They didn’t. The base plate is clearly visible in the shot – which would lead one to believe that the magazine was fully assembled and functional. A DC no-no.

Hill60 on December 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

He risked basically nothing with his stunt and got tons of free press for it. I guarantee you that he’d do it again if he could.

The only thing interesting to me is if MTP will stick with the idea that their guy (who doesn’t understand the difference between a magazine and a clip) knowingly broke the law…. or…. if they will declare that it was actually a prop, making Gregory into an even bigger professional joke than he already is.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I think it’s a simple matter of Gregory and his producers wanting to signal to their audience that their commitment to journalism propaganda trumps all else.

FIFY

FloatingRock on December 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

No one is safe as long as David Gregory is a free man!

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Different outcome if La Pierre had pulled this crap!

katy on December 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

I read somewhere that even if it had the spring removed and wasn’t functional and was just a “prop” that it was still illegal because the ban includes those that can be easily made into high capacity.

nextgen_repub on December 26, 2012 at 1:41 PM

You probably read it on the page that broke the story:
http://thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/david-gregory-violated-dc-gun-laws-after-being-denied-by-dc-police/

CNN Politics is now reporting that DC police are investigating whether David Gregory broke the law.

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.

That’ll probably be the excuse they run with later. But the problem is, the way the statute is written, it also includes:

or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition

CPL 310 on December 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

He broke the law. Are there different rights for journalists than for citizens?

He needs to be punished.

No justice, No peace.

tom daschle concerned on December 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

“Bloody Peasants!”

rayra on December 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

They didn’t. The base plate is clearly visible in the shot – which would lead one to believe that the magazine was fully assembled and functional. A DC no-no.

Hill60 on December 26, 2012 at 1:47 PM

They could have painted it pink and put Hello Kitty stickers all over it and the propaganda would have been the same. There really wasn’t a reason for holding up a prop except to play to the stupid people that don’t understand some of the stuff the anti-Constitutionalists want to ban as “assault weapons” are less lethal than other things that are not.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Investigators will first determine whether the segment was taped in the District and then whether the clip Gregory held up on air was real and contained bullets.

Note the subtle continuance in moving the goalposts as to what would constitute a crime here…

“he had an illegal clip.”

“we have to see if it was real or not.”

“we have to see if it was real and contained bullets. oh look it’s real but didn’t have bullets, so we’re going to let it slide.”

I guess my question is that if this is illegal, then he should get treated the same way Joe Citizen would for the offense, no differently. In fact, the way he is treated over this should – and probably will – set the standard by which Joe Citizen will be dinged in the future, since they’ll be setting a very public precedent.

Personally I want that smug bastard to go to jail for awhile. National televised proof that he has broken at least one gun law, and wow, aren’t we all about ratcheting up gun laws to catch more criminals? Shouldn’t his head be on a pike somewhere by now? /

Or aren’t the gun grabber / more control freaks serious about gun laws? If they are, then they want DG hammered, right – for the children? And if they take exception to this, then we can quickly dismiss them and move on to the next topic.

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’m sure it wasn’t loaded, but that isn’t what the DC law states, from what I have read. Mere possession of such a magazine is illegal.

If D.C. doesn’t prosecute, then they have opened the door…

ladyingray on December 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

In the interest of the equal justice David Gregory must be prosecuted. If he isn’t, then anybody in DC who has been prosecuted on similar charges need to have their records expunged and the laws overturned.

FloatingRock on December 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/23/School-Obama-s-Daughters-Attend-Has-11-Armed-Guards-Not-Counting-Secret-Service

Some interesting news has broken in the wake of the latest push for gun control by President Obama and Senate Democrats: Obama sends his kids to a school where armed guards are used as a matter of fact.

The school, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, has 11 security officers and is seeking to hire a new police officer as we speak.

If you dismiss this by saying, “Of course they have armed guards — they get Secret Service protection,” then you’ve missed the larger point.

The larger point is that this is standard operating procedure for the school, period. And this is the reason people like NBC’s David Gregory send their kids to Sidwell, they know their kids will be protected from the carnage that befell kids at a school where armed guards weren’t used (and weren’t even allowed).

Shame on President Obama for seeking more gun control and for trying to prevent the parents of other school children from doing what he has clearly done for his own. His children sit under the protection guns afford, while the children of regular Americans are sacrificed.

THIS should be shared across the digital universe.

PappyD61 on December 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

NBC is known for staging events, so I think they will take a bit of flak for using a prop rather than deal with criminal charges. Can they get away with that?

Lightswitch on December 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

That’s what doesn’t make sense though.

They are making the NRA’s case for them. In an attempt to further gun control laws, they’re showing exactly how stupid those laws are.

ButterflyDragon on December 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

$4 TRILLION plus in deficit spending the last four years and the Administration couldn’t find the money to hire ARMED SECURITY to protect the children?

ssssssssssssssssssssshame on you Mr. President.

sssssssssssssssssssshame on you Senator Reid.

sssssssssssssssssssshame on you Speaker Pelosi.

PappyD61 on December 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Are there different rights for journalists than for citizens?

tom daschle concerned on December 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

No. There are different rights for left-leaning propagandists like Gregory and ordinary citizens. Katy at 1:49 PM has it exactly right. If LaPierre had wanted to use the prop, he’d have already been charged by the corrupt DC government. That is, if he could have even gotten past security at NBC with it in the first place.

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Gregory is only one step away from committing mass murder with that “clip”, I only hope he doesn’t also get his hands on one of those shoulder things that go up…Dear Gaia! Imagine the carnage!

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

That’s the point of calling for Gregory to be prosecuted, though — to highlight how gun regs frequently force cops to waste time hassling non-dangerous, otherwise law-abiding gun owners.

Allah, you generally come across as a level headed conservative compared to the radicals that have infested your blog. That said, your statement in the quotes above is a disappointment.

You are totally missing the point a large majority of Americans are making.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Can you say “mandatory minimum sentence”?

Paul-Cincy on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

We are no longer a nation of laws, if they are not applied equally. So why should ANY of us obey the law, anymore? The Left, the self-appointed elites don’t, why should anyone else?

The only Justice you’ll ever have it that you can wrest for yourself. One needs look no further than this, or the phony State Dept resignations, or a tax cheat running the Treasury.

rayra on December 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Another thing with Gregory’s stunt: Did he purchase that magazine legally and does he own the firearm it fits? If not, where did he get it? If it was loaned, was it legal to transfer that illegal item to another person to illegally possess?

Liam on December 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Another thing with Gregory’s stunt: Did he purchase that magazine legally and does he own the firearm it fits? If not, where did he get it? If it was loaned, was it legal to transfer that illegal item to another person to illegally possess?

Liam on December 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

It’s time for the ATF to raid Gregory’s “compound” before it’s too late!

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

It’s time for the ATF to raid Gregory’s “compound” before it’s too late!

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I agree! Where is that magazine right now, BTW?

Liam on December 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Except it wasn’t a magazine, it was a clip and was made for a revolver.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

C’mon. You KNOW that was an “assault clip”. I’m pretty sure it plugs into the handle on a revolver, making it even more deadly. Of course it should be banned.

Harbingeing on December 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

What’s the point this “large majority” is making?

JeffWeimer on December 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

What’s the point this “large majority” is making?

JeffWeimer on December 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

LOL, yeah, i’m eager to hear these pearls of wisdom, too.

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

You are totally missing the point a large majority of Americans are making.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

And you are missing the point a majority of Americans are making. Start singing HAL.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Question, then: If the cops warned him beforehand that he couldn’t lawfully display the magazine, why’d he do it anyway?

They were warned. They knew the consequences. Ergo, it must have been an innocent and perfectly legal prop. Those people are dedicated gun-grabbing leftists, but they are also cowards.

When they rigged the pickup truck gas tank to explode, they assumed no one would find out, this time they knew. It was a prop, probably paper mache.

iurockhead on December 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Yesterday this was a story about how onerous gun regs could trip up even an unwitting, innocent reporter.

I thought this was about David Gregory.

I think it’s a simple matter of Gregory and his producers wanting to signal to their audience that their commitment to journalism trumps all else.

Allah, do have my family recipe for Uncle Percy’s Eggnog? Sleep it off man, that sentence makes no sense. Their commitment is to liberalism as they wish it were.

DanMan on December 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

PappyD61 on December 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Another interesting angle, that I haven’t seen highlighted much, is that the school the Gregory/Obama children attend is Sidwell Friends school- a Quaker institution, with appeals to pacifism & nonviolence.

Yet they have armed guards…

They have every right to do what they need to in order to secure protection for their students.

But, if David Gregory wants to “break the law” but using an illegal magazine in his “reporting” in D.C., while sending his own kids to a Quaker school protected by armed guards…

I say conservatives need to be raising quite a fuss about the blatant hypocrisy. Figuratively make Gregory put his face in the mess he has created, such that the stench never leaves his career.

Just my $0.02.

cs89 on December 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Except it wasn’t a magazine, it was a clip and was made for a revolver.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Ban the AK15 and its clips.

davidk on December 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

You are totally missing the point a large majority of Americans are making.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Would that be the majority of Americans who have been exercising their rights the last week in numbers that would lock-up an advanced scientific calculator?

I see before me an entire army of my countrymen, standing at the gun counters in defiance of tyranny.

Have fun on the other side, and keep your baseball bat handy.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

It’s very easy to be a tough guy when your children go to to the same school as the Obama’s children and are protected by 11 Secret Service agents.

Agent of the Cross on December 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

No Agent, the 11 armed people are Sidwell Friends employees. That is on top of the Secret Service detail protecting the selfish Obama brats. So…… Gregory’s kids are well protected by armed adults while little black children going to school children further down Wisconsin Ave are not. Does that make Gregory a racist as well as a hypocrite?

Happy Nomad on December 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

You are totally missing the point a large majority of Americans are making.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Which is…what?

Enlighten us.

Good Lt on December 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Apparently David Gregory is a more equal pig than I am. I can guarantee you that if I were to hold up a high capacity magazine on TV in DC that I would be in jail right now, pending investigation, regardless of my intentions.

Physics Geek on December 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I think it’s a simple matter of Gregory and his producers wanting to signal to their audience that their commitment to journalism trumps all else.

Yeah, that’s it…

Gohawgs on December 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

JeffWeimer on December 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I’m wondering the same thing.

While we wait, let’s regulate forks. Forks cause obesity, especially those “Assault” serving forks. Look how many people forks kill every year!

(I happen to own several assault forks and used one to great effect just yesterday on a turkey. )

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Are there different rights for journalists than for citizens?

tom daschle concerned on December 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Surely. The First Amendment is their Kevlar and lets them get away with much. Besides that, they work for multi-million dollar companies who are well-connected, have lots of lawyers, and can make any interfering agency a political pariah overnight through worldwide exposure.

As for us slaves, remember the only hope we have to scare off the police if we’re questioning something or expressing an opinion publicly is to claim that you’re a “journalist”…oh, and have someone filming.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

HAL is not very good at this. Sing it HAL!

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

BTW Does that little mag hold 30? Looks too small to me.

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

So David Gregory knew that 30 round magazines were illegal in D.C., he deliberately hid that fact from his viewers, and Jeffrey Goldberg praises his “act of journalism”. That’s more telling than Goldberg realizes. Journalists today spend a lot their time hiding facts from people and protecting many of those that they’re supposed to be investigating.

rokemronnie on December 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Scared of boomsticks.

CurtZHP on December 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

You are totally missing the point a large majority of Americans are making.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Exactly what point would that be?

The Schaef on December 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

“…their commitment to journalism trumps all else.”

Yeah, sorry – had to snicker at that one. ‘Gregory and his producers’ wouldn’t know ‘journalism’ if it bit them in their high-capacity arses.

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I wonder… Sidwell Friends shoudl consider throwing the Gregory kids out of school – their father is without question a breaker of gun laws, carelessly waving high-capacity magazines around, recklessly endangering everyone in the vicinity.

SF should consider the security risk that Gregory poses for the rest of their students, and in the name of the children, make sure that he and his kids are not allowed on the premises any longer.

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

We need a National Registry of all legacy media members…they are obviously ignoring lawful instructions from law enforcement officers. They present a danger to the public…

d1carter on December 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I’m wondering the same thing.

While we wait, let’s regulate forks. Forks cause obesity, especially those “Assault” serving forks. Look how many people forks kill every year!

(I happen to own several assault forks and used one to great effect just yesterday on a turkey. )

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Dude, do you have the high-capacity assault forks the ones with 4 tines, or just the regular assault forks with 3 tines?

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

In the interest of the equal justice David Gregory must be prosecuted. If he isn’t, then anybody in DC who has been prosecuted on similar charges need to have their records expunged and the laws overturned.FloatingRock on December 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Seems logical. I would think any defense attorney, whose client was found guilty of a similar crime, would be paying close attention.

a capella on December 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I wonder… Sidwell Friends shoudl consider throwing the Gregory kids out of school – their father is without question a breaker of gun laws, carelessly waving high-capacity magazines around, recklessly endangering everyone in the vicinity.

SF should consider the security risk that Gregory poses for the rest of their students, and in the name of the children, make sure that he and his kids are not allowed on the premises any longer.

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

If they passed around a petition to all the Sidwell parents asking for two things: 1. No more armed security, and 2. Kick out Gregory kids…..they wouldn’t get one signature. But we all knew that didn’t we.

WisRich on December 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Dude, do you have the high-capacity assault forks the ones with 4 tines, or just the regular assault forks with 3 tines?

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I have a 5 tine manure pitch fork….It’s hanging in the shed.

I will go turn it in today to the local constable. Although, given its purpose, I should just send it to DC

Ditkaca on December 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

D.C. laws are unconstitutional and unenforceable in this instance; no government has standing to infringe Mr. Gregory’s rights to keep and bear this magazine or gun clip; this is not subject to interpretation by government; he has the right to keep and bear this magazine, despite what one may feel about his politics.

Tripwhipper on December 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Heller II, on the DC semi auto and magazine ban, is making it’s way through the court system. It would be interesting if Mr. Heller’s legal team could point to the law being inconsistently applied.

On Jeffrey Goldberg’s statement: “Excellent use of DC police resources, investigating Meet the Press for committing an act of journalism”

I bet if a journalist went and bought a gun and shot up a school to show how “easy it is” a bunch of folks like Goldberg would be out cheering it as an act of journalism adding to the debate.

These people (journalists) are scum. More equal pigs indeed.

Spade on December 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Would that be the majority of Americans who have been exercising their rights the last week in numbers that would lock-up an advanced scientific calculator?

I see before me an entire army of my countrymen, standing at the gun counters in defiance of tyranny.

Have fun on the other side, and keep your baseball bat handy.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I am actually referring to the majority that keeps electing this center left president you out of touch conservatives keep calling a socialist.

I am not against law abiding citizens owning a gun. Most Americans who elected this president are not against law abiding citizens owning a gun.

What we are against are the radical conservatives who seem to be against any sensible gun control law that prevents maniacs from obtaining guns. How someone can be for the gun show loophole is beyond me.

How about making law abiding citizens who choose to buy a gun go through a training program on how to better secure their guns? We seem to be having a big problem on that front. Then again the folks here on this blog are against any law that limits gun access to crazy people.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

So … David Gregory, Mighty Journalist, Television Personality and Eastern Intellectual Extraordinaire, waves a 30-round AR-15 magazine on a (his regularly-scheduled?) public broadcast, and does it in a town where such things are illegal … and he was told so, and told not to do it.
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Does it matter if the item shown was real or a prop? It was represented as real, it looks real, and waving even a toy gun at a police officer is a crime …
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I expect the DC police to serve a search warrant on NBC, to retrieve the magazine … what will NBC do? Too many people know about the magazine, so trying to pawn off a prop won’t work, and hiding or losing it is no longer possible …
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… does anyone else smell a cover-up in process?
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If Gregory isn’t prosecuted (and convicted: the video was intentionally broadcast to the public, so it’s admissible, and does a year or so in a “we-like-our-salads-tossed” prison), then all the DC laws will essentially be invalid … Heller really was a landmark case …
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… alternatively, if Gregory fights realizes he really doesn’t like tossed salads …
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Our Leftist intellectual betters are indeed (holds up sign) super-geniuses
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I’m stocking up on double-butter popcorn and extra beer …
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Arbalest on December 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Would that be the majority of Americans who have been exercising their rights the last week in numbers that would lock-up an advanced scientific calculator?

I see before me an entire army of my countrymen, standing at the gun counters in defiance of tyranny.

Have fun on the other side, and keep your baseball bat handy.

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Ya – I’m still waiting for Sportsman’s Warehouse to call back. I got in line Friday morning for a limited shipment of ARs. I got to pick out a Windham M-4, and did the background check paperwork. Still waiting. The sporting goods clerk at Walmart on Sunday told me the background check backlog for Colorado at that time was 9000 people.

dentarthurdent on December 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Dude, do you have the high-capacity assault forks the ones with 4 tines, or just the regular assault forks with 3 tines?

Midas on December 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I used the High-cap silver assault fork yesterday. 4 huge tines for max payload…

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

David Gregory will not host this Sunday’s ‘Meet The Press’

JPeterman on December 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Obviously, he is retreating to his “compound”, to reload.

Pork-Chop on December 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

It’s not journalism when David Gregory just holds up an illicit 2nd amendment widget and doesn’t have a clue how to use it.

LetsBfrank on December 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Then again the folks here on this blog are against any law that limits gun access to crazy people.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Nope, that is a deliberate lie. Try again, excrement for brains.

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I think I could guarantee that if someone at FOX News pulled this stunt, he or she would’ve been perp-walked out of the studio in handcuffs before the show ended. Then again, the phone call inquiring as to the legality of using the “prop” in a news story would’ve prompted an immediate ATF raid on FOX News studios. I heard that NBC announced that Gregory will not be hosting this week’s Meet the Regressed–and they’ll probably soon say that, oops, the HCM has mysteriously been misplaced, disappeared, vanished, de-materialized …

stukinIL4now on December 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

What your understanding of the gun show loophole, exactly?

JeffWeimer on December 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

unwitting, innocent reporter

tool

skanter on December 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

1) “Center-left” my @ss. obumble is further left than any President we’ve ever had – and most other Dem politicians.
2) I’d like to see a definition of that so-called gun show loophole. In Colorado, you have to get a background check done even at gun shows. Where’s the loophole?
3) Let’s see your definition of a gun control law (that doesn’t already exist) that prevents bad guys from getting guns and allows law-abiding citizens to get them. I call BS on your “I am not against law abiding citizens owning a gun”.
4) Should we also have mandatory nutrition training programs to stop obesity? How about mandatory parenting? How about mandatory driver training for everyone (check it – not required to get a license if you’re over 21)?

dentarthurdent on December 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

They have to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.
Otherwise, all the evil gun owners are going to assume that there is not equal protection under the law, and that the laws are not to be taken seriously.

justltl on December 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Nail David Gregory to the wall! Progressives and Gregory support and want these stupid gun laws they should be forced to accept the punishment like everyone else.

William Eaton on December 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

David Gregory will not host this Sunday’s ‘Meet The Press’

JPeterman on December 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The “new” Fugitive.

[Gregory]: “I didn’t kill my wife hold that clip”..

[Police]:”It’s a magazine. Then who did?”

[Gregory]:”A one-armed producer did it. You find him and you’ll find that clip, mag, whatever you call it?”

WisRich on December 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

David Gregory will not host this Sunday’s ‘Meet The Press’

Christmas accident with an assault fork.

National Fork Association presser tomorrow.

LetsBfrank on December 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

4) Should we also have mandatory nutrition training programs to stop obesity? How about mandatory parenting? How about mandatory driver training for everyone (check it – not required to get a license if you’re over 21)?

dentarthurdent on December 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Fork training. I’m telling you, it’s absolutely necessary.

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

National Fork Association presser tomorrow.

LetsBfrank on December 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

LOL!!

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Then again the folks here on this blog are against any law that limits gun access to crazy people.

HotAirLib on December 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Define “crazy person”. You PC libs won’t allow anyone to be called crazy, nuts, psycho, etc. And we have HIPAA, which does not allow anyone access to health records (including mental health) unless you personally authorize them – even parents if the “patient” is over 18.

dentarthurdent on December 26, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I would never ever wish upon him some punishment like a firing squad, although the irony and humor of that would be priceless.

justltl on December 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Bishop on December 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Prop clips for prop revolvers don’t count.

Bmore on December 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Didn’t the Brady Bill also require a 5 second waiting time for all prop guns? Nick Danger told me so one time.

Del Dolemonte on December 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Enemy of the State – “That’s my blender”. “So?”

Police: “That’s illegal.”
Gregory: “So?”

TerryW on December 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Fork training. I’m telling you, it’s absolutely necessary.

dogsoldier on December 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Absolutely – forks are killing way too many people.
We really need to watch out for those little easy to conceal lobster pick type forks that Moochelle brandishes in public on a regular basis…. Those are REALLY dangerous.

dentarthurdent on December 26, 2012 at 2:53 PM

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