This past Sunday's broadcast of Meet The Press featured a nearly 30 minute interview with NRA head Wayne LaPierre, conducted as always by resident host David Gregory. To say that the contents of the interview got lots of press coverage would be an understatement, but a seemingly innocuous stunt Gregory pulled during the segment has now gotten him some unwanted attention from the Washington, D.C. police department.
At one point during the interview, Gregory held up a 30-round ammo clip, using it as a visual aid while pressing LaPierre on his stance that things like assault weapons and extended clips weren't the problem. Unfortunately for David, D.C. has some pretty aggressive gun control regulations already on the books, including sections of the local code that make it expressly forbidden to "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, among other devices."
The Washington Metro P.D. will only confirm that they are investigating the matter to determine whether any codes were violated, but declined further comment. Making things look a bit sketchier is a Washington Post report saying that Gregory and MTP's producers asked DC police for permission to possess and display the ammo clip during the interview, and the request was denied.
What do you think? Does Gregory deserve to be punished in some way for this? Or was the whole thing just a harmless publicity stunt?