David Gregory of NBC’s MEET THE PRESS, the longest running TV show on the air is under investigation by the District Of Columbia Police for displaying an illegal high capacity assault weapon bullet magazine. The investigation appeared to be promoted by either the NRA or political foes of programs such as MEET THE PRESS that some condemn as part of the “liberal media”.
The District Of Columbia has law banning the possession of high capacity weapon magazines such as the 30 bullet magazine that David Gregory used for display purposes in his interview segment with NRA head, Wayne LaPierre.
Apparently NBC had asked the D.C. Police for permission to use the empty magazine on TV for illustration purposes, but was denied, but went ahead using the empty magazine anyway, according to some claims circulating on the Internet today.
Whether this leads to some legal action against David Gregory or NBC, remains to be seen. But, this is also a feeble way for some associated with the NRA or with anti-gun control to seek to stifle some debate over gun control that they viewed as not really going their way in the last few days. It clearly was for illustrative purposes for the purpose of public debate that David Gregory and MEET THE PRESS used the high capacity magazine. Wayne LaPierre was given a fair opportunity to defend whatever useful purpose that he thought that the high capacity magazine served during the interview, and freely went on the air of his own accord. He could have declined the interview if he didn’t wish to be on the air.