UPDATE 2-Police investigate NBC News anchor for showing gun clip

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Syslob wrote:

Who the hell calls full metal jackets “bullets”? News flash Gregory, until they are flying at amazing speeds they are not considered bullets.

Dec 26, 2012 6:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fred1724 wrote:

Gee, it’s NBC news. Aren’t the lefties exempt from the laws that the rest of us have to obey?

Dec 26, 2012 6:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dredd12 wrote:

So NBC’s request was denied, but they did it anyway. Gregory should be arrested and charged with possession of a high-capacity magazine as well as incitement! Guess the law doesn’t apply to NBC. Typical for DCPD… they bend over for the powermongers on a regular basis, I guess.

Dec 26, 2012 6:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
iyma wrote:

Metro D.C police are in a sticky situation. They can press charges against him and the media will say the police violated their 1st Amendment rights, aka Freedom of the press.
If they don’t charge him, then the police have shown that they only selectively enforce laws based on political ideology.
What a conundrum

Dec 26, 2012 6:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Staciegirl wrote:

Looks like the “comments” were so negative they were disabled – there are only 3.

Dec 26, 2012 6:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MarkInTime wrote:

It’s even worse than it looks. If they asked permission and then did it anyway then, unless David Gregory called the police himself, which I doubt, more than one person must have been involved. When multiple people conspire to commit a crime it is called … wait for it … a conspiracy! Soooo, not only did David Gregory commit a crime but most likely he and his staff could face charges of conspiracy to commit a crime. Conspiracy charges could be leveled even if an actual crime was never commited.

Dec 26, 2012 6:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
davidkachel wrote:

The law is only for you and me. The elitists don’t need law. THEY make laws to control US!

Dec 26, 2012 6:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TennesseeDave wrote:

Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. He asked, was denied, and did it anyway. They cannot claim ignorance.

Dec 26, 2012 7:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MoeHailstone wrote:

Don’t forget conspiracy

Dec 26, 2012 7:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse

It’s still amazes me that the press don’t understand that the 2nd amendment was written so we can protect ourselves from over-bearing government. For those that don’t get it…an assault weapon is the “Proper” weapon to have for this situation. The 2nd amendment DOESN’T have anything to do with hunting. It’s about the “Rights” every American is given to protect themselves. “THAT’S IT”. Learn your history…

Dec 26, 2012 7:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Maxwells wrote:

Once again it was “bloggers” and Breitbart that broke the story, Reuters is three days late, torn between the liberal-alliance and breaking News.

Dec 26, 2012 7:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HBear wrote:

If what he did broke the law, then he should have to do what they say. My feeling is they will let him off like he is the 3rd coming. I just read that he sends his child or children to Sidwell where the Obama girls go. 11 security people even on the roof. He sounds over cooked to me. Bet he never went into the service for our Country!!!!!

Dec 26, 2012 7:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hombre41 wrote:

Laws are for the little people.

Dec 26, 2012 7:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nifty01 wrote:

The ATF did provide approval to MTP to show the gun clip. He didn’t break the law.

Dec 26, 2012 7:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
vperl wrote:

NBC,GREGORY, are all guilty of conspiring to continue their lies. Who cares ? Not law enforcement .

Dec 26, 2012 8:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cstrickland wrote:

First off, no one here knows whether it was really a magazine. Mr. Gregory very well could’ve dismantled the feeding mechanism of the magazine, essentially making it just a hunk of metal. Secondly, I can guarantee that nothing will happen to Mr. Gregory. There’s no conspiracy here, there’s no incitement, and you all sound like Yosemite Sam. Go to law school or read a book before you start typing. This is a non-story. Mr. Gregory won’t be arrested. Mr. Gregory won’t pay a fine. It has nothing to do with his race, gender, socio-economic status, or anything else. It has all to do with whether or not he broke the law AS IT IS WRITTEN, not however which way some person who disagrees with Mr. Gregory’s political views interprets it.

Dec 26, 2012 8:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DavidS1239 wrote:

What a surprise, Gregory commits a crime on television and the DC police drag thier feet because they put politics ahead of public safety.

Dec 26, 2012 8:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IraqVet wrote:

Don’t Panic!!!
The media has everything under controll, now just move along there’s nothing to see here.

Dec 26, 2012 8:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sheepleherder wrote:

I thought the press say’s the cops are reasonable and these types of laws would never be abused?? Gregory should join the NRA, they’ll fight for his rights.

Dec 26, 2012 8:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAFRet wrote:

Like most journalism majors, the author of this piece uses the terms “clip” and “magazine” interchangeably. They are two different things entirely. Such a fundamental lack of understanding of guns is typical of both politicians and journalists.

Dec 26, 2012 9:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kjatexas wrote:

Put whomever obtained that magazine in jail. The leftist media is not above the law, and DC police and the DC DA should make an example of them.

Dec 26, 2012 9:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dredd12 wrote:

The BATFE does not make the decisions for the District of Columbia when it comes to weapons crimes. It is obvious that Gregory has a banned high-capacity magazine in his possession and the video proves this. You can make up excuses that it “might be dismantled”, but until the facts are presented at trial, you’re just blowing smoke. The crime here is POSSESSION and if Gregory is not charged, it does indeed show the bias of the DC police, as well as the district attorney. Perhaps YOU should read the laws not only as they are written, but as they are adjudicated.

Dec 26, 2012 9:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dalellen wrote:

I wonder if Gregory giggles when he holds that magazine close to himself. It is much too dangerous for Gregory to be holding and much too exciting. “Dangerman”

Dec 26, 2012 9:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jack_433 wrote:

Get on with it, MPD. Arrest David Gregory and send him to a public trial.

Dec 26, 2012 9:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Larrybud wrote:

Gregory proved his own theory of “getting rid of these” wrong by the fact that a ban WAS in place and he STILL was able to obtain the clip!

Dec 26, 2012 9:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JebS wrote:

Put his lily hind parts in the D.C. lockup and he’ll be singing a different tune. Arrogant lefties.

Dec 26, 2012 9:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sushihunter wrote:

One of two choices here: Gregory broke DC law and must be convicted as guilty, OR he beats the charges in court and the law is invalid for everyone and the magazines are now legal in DC.

One or the other.

Dec 26, 2012 9:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Klingon00 wrote:

Nothing says ignorance like using several wrong technical terminologies interchangeably in this article. Author: Please consult an expert before writing about this subject in the future. A ‘clip’ holds several cartridges together to expedite the loading of a magazine and is usually removed prior to closing the bolt or seating of the magazine or ejected during the cycling of the firearms action. A ‘magazine’ is a storage AND feeding device that includes a spring, a follower and feed lips. A ‘cartridge’ is what is inserted into a clip or magazine and consists of 4 main components: the bullet, the case, the primer and powder charge. Please read and understand. A bullet is part of a cartridge which may be inserted into either a clip or a magazine but a clip is not a magazine!

Dec 26, 2012 10:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RhinoHorn wrote:

NBC News anchor David Gregory, violated the law in the District of Columbia.

He is no different than a drug pusher that is caught in possession of the most evil item ever conceived and produced by Man, not the “bomb”, not chemical weapons, not mustard gas, but a “high capacity magazine”!

He should be charged no less than any other criminal…. But I know what will happen.

“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 investigation will determine that the person in question, NBC News anchor David Gregory, did not possess or transport an illegal 30 round, high capacity magazine into the District of Columbia, but he had only the outer shell of the magazine that, at the time of the interview, did not have the follower, the spring or the base plate, which was not in the possession of the person in question and as such, does not meet the elements of the crime. Case closed.

Dec 26, 2012 10:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
evil_eddie wrote:

In some jurisdictions conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor is in fact a felony!

Dec 26, 2012 10:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
oldtaxpayer wrote:

Now u see how good citizens have to pay fines for using first and seecond amendment rights while lawbreakers shoot people like u.

Dec 26, 2012 10:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobNclt wrote:

This is one case that can not be white washed (I don’t think). Everyone watching that embarrassing TV program saw David Gregory doing his best to make the NRA CEO look bad. That man knows something Gregory already knew, armed guards should be working at schools. His children attend Sidwell in Washington and they have 11 armed guards that protect all their children and policemen. All carry guns and there is are no problems at the school, EVER!

Gregory should be indicted, arrested, booked, and hauled into court with his NBC paid high powered lawyer. The penalty for his CRIME is a $1,000 fine and 1 year in prison maximum. They should show all the homeboys in Washington how serious they are about that law to discourage them from disobeying the way David Gregory did. He simply defied the police department and there has to be some policemen who are detesting that. It makes their job harder because people aren’t going to take the law serious if he can commit a crime in TV, after being told he could not do it, and walk away from it.

He should not mind spending some time in jail and paying that $1000.00 fine because he is an advocate of such laws. Now we will see just how much of an advocate he is. He knows he was breaking the law. It’s time for him to send a film crew to show his incarceration and what it’s like to spend time in jail for breaking gun laws in municipalities like Washington.

Dec 26, 2012 11:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HooshJames wrote:

A magazine is NOT A CLIP!

Dec 26, 2012 11:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ball wrote:

Oh! The IRONY!

NBC tries to make the case that gun laws are going to eliminate these weapons, and they do this by defying the very laws they’re trying to enact.

Dec 26, 2012 11:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RobNclt wrote:

@CStrickland – you said, “First off, no one here knows whether it was really a magazine. Mr. Gregory very well could’ve dismantled the feeding mechanism of the magazine, essentially making it just a hunk of metal.”

What a crock of bull, I saw the magazine on TV and it was a real magazine. LaPierre was sitting a foot away from it, he is the NRA CEO. He knows a real magazine from a phony one. You are really displaying extraordinary ignorance and ridiculousness trying to lecture us with stupidity. It’s not working. You know it was real or you have a real feeling it was and you know he should pay the price for it. But being a left wing apologist you can excuse anything a left wing person does if he helps your cause. This is one cause that will be fought like heck. Most Americans aren’t going to give up an inch. I will write Democrat Representatives from my district to ensure them I will do everything I can back home to unseat them if the vote for anything resembling gun control and left wing nutjobs can’t do jack about it.

Dec 26, 2012 11:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Rally2xs wrote:

Good luck trying to prove that the studio’s prop department didn’t use a 3D printer to make one out of plastic, or that maybe they shot the segment at an affiliate’s studio in Virginia, or somesuch.

Dec 27, 2012 12:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
Hard_Thought wrote:

Assault is a behavior, not a weapon.

People use objects as weapons, baseball bats, hammers, screw drivers, guns, whatever is available.

Dec 27, 2012 2:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
JustMe256 wrote:

Did David Gregory break the law? – YES! Should he be above the law “for his cause”? – NO!


Dec 27, 2012 2:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
jimpeel wrote:

Not only is Gregory guilty of possession of the magazine, the person who handed it to him is also guilty of a transfer of the magazine.

Dec 27, 2012 2:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
jimpeel wrote:

Not only is Gregory guilty of possession of the magazine, the person who handed it to him is also guilty of a transfer of the magazine.

Dec 27, 2012 2:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
AtaColJT wrote:

Bullets are Bullets no matter if they are flying or still attached the shell casing. The whole thing is called a cartridge. and For the clown that stated “The ATF gave them clearance to show the magazine” I wasn’t a federal law dimwit. So how can the ATF have jurisdiction? As for the Democrat that asks us gun nuts to pick a side because we want this arrogant SOB to be prosecuted. We don’t like this law but He does and so he gets to flaunt it while he would have anyone else prosecuted. So we should what want him to get away with something he would punish us for. How about you and him be consistent. The hypocrisy is on your side. You sure do have a lot of nerve trying to turn that back on us.

Dec 27, 2012 3:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
TimBeatty wrote:

@Nifty, he didn’t break federal law. Permission from ATF doesn’t trump local law. Also, they didn’t get “permission,” they asked ATF agents if it was illegal and the ATF agents said not federally but it’s aainst local DC laws. They then said they spoke with cops on the beat that said they probably wouldn’t arrest him unless it had bullets in it. That’s hardly “permission.”

In reality, David Gregory was able to get a high capacity magazine even though it was illegal. And he wasn’t even intent on breaking the law. So doesn’t this simply prove that bans don’t work? Some would even claim that Gregory wasn’t mentally deranged and wasn’t trying to get the illegal magazine by any means necessary to carry out his crime like the Tucson, Aurora and Connecticut shooters. Imagine how easy it would be for the criminally insane to get weapons that are illegal for the law-abiding to possess as Gregory so ably demonstrated.

Dec 27, 2012 4:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
TimBeatty wrote:

I say the NRA should start a Legal Defense Fund for David Gregory to keep him for going to jail for possessing an object that is only as harmful as the person throwing it.

Dec 27, 2012 4:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Fiala wrote:

Gregory is nothing but a drama queen. He thinks that by holding up a 30-round magazine, people at home will be impressed and oooh at him.

Dec 27, 2012 4:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
Rondo7 wrote:

Clip, magazine, or cartridge… which is it?

Dec 27, 2012 5:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
aberdeenvet wrote:

He is a Democrat working for a Democrat organization. Leave them alone or the Obama administration will get their attack dogs out to silence anyone who objects to whatever they want to do.

Dec 27, 2012 8:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
lloydc1234 wrote:

Whatever the law, it was a “prop,” not a weapon.

Dec 27, 2012 8:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
funksoul6 wrote:

First of all, it’s a “magazine,” not a ” clip.” Second, wouldn’t it be something if NBC was forced to defend its super lib Gregory and in the process DC’s ban on guns and magazines was ruled unconstitutional? That would be poetic justice.

Dec 27, 2012 8:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
Wheelerdude wrote:

I’m all for a full, complete and OPEN investigation, just like the press always wants for the “innocent until proven guilty”! My guess is there is more in the cover-up and conspiracy than the actual crime. Put Gregory and his producer/team under oath and see how many get caught lying to the authorities – CAN YOU SAY PERJURY!?

I’ll happily donate the first bar of “soap on a rope” for any that get incarcerated!!

Dec 27, 2012 10:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
htMac wrote:

So, if I decide I don’t like the law (about CCW) in D.C. I can carry anyway because the DCPD will not prosecute. Oh wait, I am not a snob nosed journalick who can flaunt the law whenever I feel! I am confused. Do the laws in this country apply to EVERYONE of just those less fortunate (like myself) regular people (aka subjects)!

Dec 27, 2012 10:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
htMac wrote:

lloydc1234 – BlueLib much? always twisting to get to the ‘truth’ that you want! not the real truth. Your statement would set a precedence that when argued would then allow anyone in D.C to possess such a ‘prop’! ignorance runs deep in D.C!

Dec 27, 2012 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
Nick757 wrote:

Did NBC ignore the law? Is the Pope Catholic, is the Rabbi a Jew? Silly question.

Dec 27, 2012 11:55am EST  --  Report as abuse

This is a perfect example of why new gun control laws are pointless. D.C. already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, including the district’s ban of large capacity magazines. But that law did nothing to stop David Gregory and his staff from procuring and displaying a large capacity magazine on camera during Gregory’s “Meet the Press” interview with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.

You can impose all of the gun control laws you can think of, but they will only affect law-abiding citizens, not law-breakers such as David Gregory. [Note I don’t refer to Gregory as a “purported” law-breaker because he held the magazine up in plain sight on a news program broadcast from D.C.] And if someone is intent on committing bodily harm with a weapon – be it a firearm, knife, or vehicle – he or she won’t even think twice about gun control laws. The best defense against those who plan to wreak havoc on their fellow citizens is a good offense in the hands of law-abiding gun holders.

Dec 27, 2012 1:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
datsneefa wrote:

everyone is saying they asked permission.
I believe they asked their opinion.
After all, not many people claim the police as protectors of constitutional freedom.

Dec 27, 2012 1:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
datsneefa wrote:

everyone is saying they asked permission.
I believe they asked their opinion.
After all, not many people claim the police as protectors of constitutional freedom.

Dec 27, 2012 1:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dalellen wrote:

NBC does not have anything to worry about . They work for the President and that is as good as a “get out of jail card”

Dec 27, 2012 2:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Tizwicky2009 wrote:

NBC’s request to have a 30 round magazine in DC was denied, but they did it anyway! Clearly a crime has been committed and Mr. Gregory and NBC must be punished! I’m fairly certain that there were other NBC employees besides Mr Gregory who were complicit in carrying out this crime and they too must be held accountable.

Dec 27, 2012 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
whiskers wrote:

Investigating ?! It was on camera and documented! The only thing the D.C. police are investigating is how to make this all go away. If LaPierre had been holding the magazine, he would have been led away in handcuffs and probably on his way to Gitmo.

Dec 27, 2012 3:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
phantom50 wrote:

When the police
go after a TV
anchor that is
using a gun clip
as a prop for a
newsworthy story and
not as a weapon they
are acting like

Dec 27, 2012 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FoolKiller wrote:

The AR-15 30 round MAGAZINE in question didn’t appear to have been altered in any way and appeared to be fully functional. WHICH MATTERS NOT AT ALL. The law includes a magazine “that can be readily restored”. It takes about 10 seconds to drop in the follower, insert and compress the spring, and slide on the baseplate. I believe that qualifies as “readily”.

But if the question DID matter… has everyone forgotten that there was an acknowledged firearms expert three feet away across the table? Ask HIM if it was real….

Dec 27, 2012 5:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Byron5 wrote:

alright.. IT’S A MAGAZINE!!! NOT A CLIP.

go ahead and ban high capacity clips!.. I don’t use them anyway.

Dec 27, 2012 11:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Blogengeezer wrote:

Another “Do as I say, not as I do”. This is exactly the mentality of Power exercised by the self appointed ‘criers’ that ‘bend’ the news, to their opinionated advantage. Of course no harsh punitive action will follow without their agreement. Interesting how Fear of the politics of ‘news’ is pervasive throughout society today. Agenda drives reporting by embellishing/reversing the facts to advantage. A demonstration of the disregarding of law, so awash throughout the legalistic saturated societies of today.

Dec 28, 2012 8:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Keithmj wrote:

Arrest him so people can see how stupid our gun laws are. If it was illegal for him to have it then throw him in jail just like they would anyone else. Americans need to stop the attacks on the Second Amendment all the time. The Constitution can not be abused anymore.

Dec 30, 2012 7:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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