DC police investigating “Meet the Press,” David Gregory, who will not be hosting Sunday

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David Gregory will not be hosting “Meet the Press” this week because he is on vacation, reports Politico. His absence was planned before D.C. police started investigating the Sunday morning show and its host for displaying on-air what they described as a 30-round gun magazine. Police told ABC News that the network had requested permission to use “a high capacity magazine for their segment” and that “their request was denied.”

The New York Times, Politico and TMZ cite unnamed federal law enforcement officials who say “Meet the Press” also contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which may have mistakenly said using the magazine was legal.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told Breitbart.com, “We are investigating the incident to determine if the magazine was in fact real.” While this display may create legal problems for the network, it may also create journalistic problems, points out The Washington Post. “If it wasn’t in fact authentic,” writes Erik Wemple, “Gregory didn’t issue a disclosure to that effect on the air. Viewers were introduced to the magazine as if it could be deployed at that very moment.” The display occurred during Gregory’s interview last Sunday with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.

Cornell University law professor William Jacobson says the email from DC police confirming the investigation “first appeared on the AR15 gun forum, and then at The Patriot Perspective blog which first broke the Gregory story.”

Nearly 10,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website to press charges against Gregory.

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  • canardnoir

    My stainless steel ones work just fine and we’ve never had a problem. But we don’t live in the jungle environment, climatically speaking.

    Besides, I would imagine that the Colt aluminum mags have a steel spring.

  • glangston

    Counter-intuitive. They are $100 because there are few on the market at this time AND steel magazines are generally crap, except for the Sterling steel magazines made for the British military. Steel rusts and the US government never produced any for the M16 weapons system. New ones are still aluminum and teflon coated. Israelis made polymer magazines with some steel wound into the upper 1/3 of the magazine for stiffness. Canadian military made polymer magazines also that are serviceable but inferior to USGI. Your steel magazines are not the preferred item, hence they are cheap (relatively and today) and available. Check out the largest gun site on the internet, AR15.com and ask your questions there if you want some expert opinion.

  • canardnoir

    Oh!

    No wonder I’ve never seen one – at $100/magazine, they’re at least 3X as expensive as those on the new market availability list! Must have been Colt’s Viet Nam-era-jungle solution to the feeding problems that the early military rifles suffered…

    A specialty collector’s item maybe, but not the commonly available mags that most assault-weapons owners typically seek and that are commonly available…

  • glangston

    Aluminum, anodized 30 round magazines were GI original issue for M16. Millions were produced. Here…

    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/MAG-068

    You may find steel magazines were more prevalent for AK rifles but that was an AR style magazine.

  • canardnoir

    Wrong ‘ston – I’ve owned many, including stainless steel 30-round versions, and the more common blued-steel variety.

    BTW – I’ve never even seen an “aluminum” 30-round magazine, anodized or not! Checking, Midway USA, Brownell’s, and Cabelas – they don’t offer such, which begs the question: Where did you see an aluminum 30-round mag?

  • glangston

    If it was real it was Aluminum and not blued but anodized.

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  • sargeh

    Oh, come now! Those of us who spent our lives in the news business learned the media are (or think they are) above the law.

  • OhComeOn

    Gilbert Arenas, the Washington Wizard who stored legal guns illegally, received no sympathy from the media. Arenas has found work again in pro basketball though. He now plays for the Shanghai Sharks.

    There was money to prosecute black sports figure Gilbert Arenas. There is money to prosecute white media figure David Gregory.

    We all know that David did intentionally violate a law that his crew asked about ahead of time. The magazine he shows has scratches associated with regular use, which along with Gregory’s words, and the words of the NBC staff, is all proof that it is real, and all that is enough to win a conviction.

    DC’s gun laws were drafted without regard to any first amendment content… meaning use of the illegal items in a free speech way doesn’t void the DC law. The clip is illegal to possess regardless of whether you’re showing it on a news broadcast or using it to fire off blanks as an
    expression of happy celebration. Gregory was only a few miles from Virginia, where 30 round clips are legal, so there was no excessive burden on his free speech right created by the law anyway.

    The Washington Post followed the Arenas case from start to finish, even interviewing his co-offenders at the halfway house where he served his time. All prosecutors had was Agent Zero’s admission that he carried guns to the locker room. Arenas negotiated a plea deal and received 30 days, 400 hours of community service, and 2 years of probation.

    A month in a halfway house is less likely to harm a public figure who is white than black too, but that didn’t alter the media coverage of Arenas. And everybody loved Gilbert Arenas just like everyone loves David Gregory.

    NBC and Gregory should lawyer up now.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/06/AR2010050606269.html

  • LaurenceGlavin

    I have it opn good authority that George H. W. Bush is just pretending to be on his deathbed so he won’t be hauled downtown to explain how he held up a bag of crack cocaine in the Oval Ofiice that just happens to be within the City Limits of Washington, DC.

  • canardnoir

    There apparently a significant number of co-conspirators, working in concert with Mr. Gregory and NBC News – and that all needs to be fleshed out for public consumption.

    Or perhaps, they are all above the law because of their First Amendment shield?

    I’m sure there remain a significant number of gang-bangers, street punks, and Rx-middlemen doing business with their AKs by their sides to be prosecuted, so why pick a legal battle with a news organization, that likely has more lawyers on the payroll – than reporters!

  • canardnoir

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, he did not try – to deceive?

    I think not, it was for real, cheap and blued, American steel.

    But would it hold – just 30 rounds? We’ll find out, when he goes downtown.

  • Tim Crews

    Who “possessed” the 30-round magazine? Mr. Gregory? NBC? The Meet The Press producers? This investigation is nothing more than an effort to chill the debate, as is the demand that Mr. Gregory be prosecuted.