Back in 2012, during a taping of “Meet the Press,” David Gregory broke a District of Columbia law that prohibits one from possessing a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Gregory was interviewing Wayne LaPierre when he displayed the magazine to the viewing audience, while posing the following question to the National Rife Association executive vice president:
So here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now isn’t it possible that, if we got rid of these, if we replaced them in said, ‘Well, you could only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets,” isn’t it just possible that we can reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?
According to an arrest warrant obtained by the website Legal Insurrection, D.C. police responded to an inquiry by a producer of “Meet the Press” who was inquiring about whether it would be legal to display the magazine.
“No, possession of high capacity magazines is a misdemeanor” wrote D.C. police. The officer told the producers to use photographs instead of the magazine.
Clearly, the “Meet the Press” crew did not listen and willingly violated the law, which prompted D.C. Police to file an arrest warrant for Gregory.
Of course, Gregory was never charged. In Jan. 2013, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan exercised his “prosecutorial discretion” and let the former host off the hook, claiming that charging Gregory would “not promote public safety” in the District. nor would it “serve the best interest of the people.”
Had you or I been caught with a 30 round magazine, do you think we’d get the same treatment that Gregory did?
Hell no. And that’s really why Legal Insurrection filed the lawsuit asking for the release of the arrest warrant. As they noted:
The point of all this was not that we wanted David Gregory prosecuted. We didn’t.
There is no reason for mere possession of an unloaded high-capacity magazine, not to be used in the commission of some other crime and far away from actual ammunition, to be a crime. But it is in D.C.
That needs to change, but it probably will not, until people like David Gregory and other high profile citizens start having it enforced as to them.
That’s correct. Had Gregory been charged perhaps the anti-gunners that run Washington might be forced to recognize just how stupid a law banning a widely popular and commonly owned firearm accessory really is. Until the law applies equally, it doesn’t apply at all.