Oh to be a influential liberal! I could be Al Gore, and while telling everyone that they need to live in thatch huts, I could live in big mansions and fly around in private jets. Or, I could be Michael Moore, and hang out with the 99% and tout democracy, while living in a 1% house, and forcing workers to join unions. Because, as well all know, nothing says democracy like forced union membership.
But, David Gregory media talking head at NBC, may take the cake, He appeared on Meet the Press last week…
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So then, the good professor has more…
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.
So, just when you thought this was just another case of liberal hypocrisy, it turns out that NBC asked permission to have the magazine in Washington DC. But they were told no! Bizzyblog has more on this aspect of the story…
Previous related posts on Sunday (NewsBusters; BizzyBlog) and Tuesday evening (NB; BB) only relayed the possibility that NBC might have asked DC Metro Police whether they could show a high-capacity magazine on the air. The fresh news via Jacobson is that “NBC requested and was denied permission to use (i.e., show a) high capacity magazine in news segment” — but went ahead and did it anyway (bolds are mine):
Officer Aziz Alali of the MPD Public Information Office further confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail, and gave me this statement by telephone:
“NBC contacted the Metropolitan Police Department inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for this segment. NBC was informed that that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and the request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated and I cannot get into any further specifics on this investigation.”
NBC News has not responded to multiple inquiries as to the request and denial, or whether the magazine was real or just a prop. During the segment in question, Gregory stated “here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets.”
If it turns out the magazine was in violation of D.C. law, the fact that NBC News was warned by the D.C. Police not to use the magazine puts a whole new light on the incident, turning it into an intentional violation of the law. While the law does not require intent, the existence of intent could influence a decision whether or not to prosecute.
WSJA’s succinct opening statement: “Metropolitan Police Department officials say they denied NBC’s request for permission to use a high-capacity firearm magazine during a segment of Meet The Press this past Sunday.”
OK then, NBC knew that the magazine was illegal. Then, they asker permission to have it, and were denied. So, they used it anyway! Of course, being the MSM, and working in favor of the narrative, it would be expected that nothing would happen to David Gregory. After all, he is one of our regressive betters, and how can he be held to the same legal standards as us little people?