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Did David Gregory just violate D.C. gun law by possessing a high-capacity gun clip? (Update — No response yet from NBC)

Did David Gregory just violate D.C. gun law by possessing a high-capacity gun clip? (Update — No response yet from NBC)

It sure looks that way, unless the gun clip Gregory held up today was just a dummy prop.

I saw a number of tweets linking to this post David Gregory Violates DC Gun Law On National TV quoting D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01 (emphasis in original):

b) 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 term “large capacity ammunition feeding device” shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

I confirmed via Westlaw that this is in fact existing D.C. law.  Here’s the entire section:

§ 7-2506.01. Persons permitted to possess ammunition.

(a) No person shall possess ammunition in the District of Columbia unless:

(1) He is a licensed dealer pursuant to subchapter IV of this unit;

(2) He is an officer, agent, or employee of the District of Columbia or the United States of America, on duty and acting within the scope of his duties when possessing such ammunition;

(3) He is the holder of the valid registration certificate for a firearm of the same gauge or caliber as the ammunition he possesses; except, that no such person shall possess restricted pistol bullets; or

(4) He holds an ammunition collector’s certificate on September 24, 1976.

(b) 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 term “large capacity ammunition feeding device” shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

Here is the segment of today’s Meet the Press show in which Gregory holds up what appears to be a high-capacity (i.e., more than 10 round) ammunition clip while interviewing Wayne LaPierre this morning:

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I sent Gregory a tweet, and I’ll try to reach out to NBC News, and I’ll update if I can get NBC’s position on whether Gregory just violated the law. Maybe it was just a dummy clip, not a real one:

Update 5:15 p.m. — It has been 4 hours since I emailed the two communications people at NBC News with responsibility for Meet the Press, and almost two hours since I emailed the S.V.P. of Communications and left a voice mail on her cell phone, but no response yet from NBC News.

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Comments

Forget the magazine issue, he should be cited for Pompous Assism in the first degree with aggravating (he aggravates me) circumstances.

Not to be a gun prig, but…

that is a magazine. Not a clip.

Or, in NYT parlance…

“a high magazine clip”.

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | December 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Or, in CollectiveSpeak…

    an ASSAULT, scary, killer high magazine clip thingy…

    I wish people would get the nomenclature right. These are magazines. The civilian version of the AR-15, AK-47 and SKS are semi-automatic. None of these are assault weapons. An assault weapon has a selector switch for “safe”, single shot [also known as semi-automatic], 3 round burst [on some models] and full automatic.
    Do not let the media get away with making up their own definitions.

    jdkchem in reply to Ragspierre. | December 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Or high capacity ammunition.

    Anchovy in reply to Ragspierre. | December 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I think there is a collective pride among the classically trained professional journalists with the highest ethical standards in knowing nothing about firearms. Kind of like a reasonable and rational person has no idea who this Kardishian person is or what he does.

    Guns are icky.

    Recently I heard one of our lovely blond local TV reporterettes talking about a gun crime that involved a 357 millimeter automatic hand gun. Now I am sure this fine looking young lady was hired to do the local news based on her knowledge of broadcast journalism, economics, political science and some great boobs. Well, mostly because of the great boobs, but she obviously wasn’t hired because of her knowledge of guns.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | December 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Part of LaPierre’s argument is that the 20,000 pages of gun laws already on the books are not adequately enforced. I say we take a stand on better enforcement and make an example out of Gregory.

But the anti-freedom gun haters will say that’s ridiculous because Gregory meant nobody any harm.

Ironic, since that puts Gregory in the same category as 99% of all gun owners who will only ever use their guns for hunting, sport, or self defense.

Subotai Bahadur | December 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Just curious, but since when have Democrats in general, and their kept Journo-Lists in particular been subject to the law, any law?

Subotai Bahadur

It would be interesting to see one of them caught up in the draconian web of often-conflicting gun laws we find in our great Republic.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/tea-party-member-brings-gun-nyc-airport-arrested/story?id=15165432#.UNdaYaz_2ZQ

He’s a socialist posing as a democrat. Laws do not apply to him.

NBC does like to fabricate the news if it helps the story, so I would go with the fake clip explanation.

“It sure looks that way, unless the gun clip Gregory held up today was just a dummy prop.”

The only “dummy prop” there, was Gregory.

I wonder where Gregory got his hands on a 30 round magazine. They’re out of stock everywhere. One of his friends or co-workers, perhaps?

How do we know it wasn’t that shoulder thing that goes up?

No, it’s real. It has wear marks consistent with a mag. I know, I own a few.

Which brings me to these three question: Where did he get it. Who gave it to him (also a crime in D.C.) and why isn’t he under investigation. From my blog:

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2012/12/23/arrest-david-gregory-he-is-in-possession-of-an-illegal-high-capacity-magazine/

It’s not a prop. In fact, it is a used magazine, you can tell by the wear marks on it.

Which makes me ask two questions. Where did he get it? Who sold it to him? And why isn’t he under arrest or under investigation? (okay three questions)

If he argues he had it, but meant no harm with it, I’ll argue he just validated every gun owner’s argument in America. Or he goes to jail. He wants gun control, lets introduce him to the stupidity of it.

Either way, I’m a tickled man.

Come on D.C. P.D.!

Oh BTW- Gregory’s argument falls flat. A shooter, uninhibited by armed resistance will be able to manipulate 10 round mags just fine to reload and reload and reload. Ten, twenty thirty it doesn’t matter, it is and will always be the shooter’s actions.

Make revolvers the only pistols available and you’ll see this.

Jerry Miculek in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLk1v5bSFPw

The point of a hand gun is that there are small and easy to carry and conceal. Having a clip which holds 30 rounds isn’t easy to conceal. A home owner would benefit from a 30 round clip in a defensive situation. A perp trying to hide their weapon would have more problems with a larger clip.

When are we going to be more active in dealing with mentally ill people who are violent?

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BannedbytheGuardian | December 23, 2012 at 11:51 pm

You guys have got to hit where it hurts. Obviously DC laws are not enforced or the streets would not be teeming with whores.

Then demand Gregory send his kids to an unarmed school not the psychotic Friends pseudo Quaker outfit that is elitist And armed.

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No chance that Gregory will be charged with anything. Several years ago there was a pompous Black media hack in DC who espoused the ultra liberal line. Lo and behold he shot and wounded a kid who was trespassing in his pool. He shot him with an unregistered, illegal hand gun in DC. Nothing happened.

Drudge is now reporting that Gregory’s kids attend Sidwell Friends School. Aside from also being the school attended by the First Princesses, meaning that there are armed Secret Service personnel on site; Sidwell brags about its 11 member security team. Many are retired or off-duty cops. Sidwell does not specify how many are armed.

People like Gregory are not even decent hypocrites; they are too obvious.

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brooklynblessed | December 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

As citizens of the US you have the right to petition the govt.

“THE AIRWAVES BELONG TO THE PEOPLE”- a long held FCC principle…

The FCC, therefore receives complaints against “broadcast” media such as NBC. NBC has a license to operate in good faith. Cable is not held to such standards, and therefore Howard Stern can curse his entire show on satellite, and Bill Maher is allowed to call Sarah Palin a ***t.

NBC goes out over broadcast signals however.

I therefore have just completed an FCC COMPLAINT FORM. It takes about 5 minutes.

I pointed out that David Gregory’s display of the high powered clip is a possible violation of DC; and federal law.

[In your own language:] I informed them that I was highly upset and that as a citizen not only am filing an official complaint; but encourage that NBC be fined or sanctioned. I also informed them to consider my complaint an official challenge to their license to operate in the public’s best interest.

[Note on the quick form, on page two the check off #5 re: unfair, biased is likely your best choice]. Fire it off right now; and conservatives forward this, and the DCPD email address below to your address books; and post on sites all over like The Blaze. Let’s make 2013 our year to take down the MSM.

http://www.fcc.gov/complaints

PS- I just also sent this afternoon a complaint to the DCPD, requesting a full investigation of possible violation of DC law & prosecution : [email protected]

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