Gregory Could Face Prison Term Over Magazine
Washington, DC, police denied NBC request to display magazine
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 3:05 PM CST
David Gregory holds what looks like a 30-round magazine on "Meet the Press," Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – NBC asked if David Gregory could hold a high-capacity magazine on Meet the Press Sunday, and police said no—but Gregory did it anyway, according to a police email. "NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazines is not permissible and their request was denied," reads the email from Washington police to a group called Patriot Perspective, which had inquired whether Gregory would be charged with a crime. "This matter is currently being investigated." DC prohibits such magazines, even when they aren't attached to a firearm.

The misdemeanor offense is rarely prosecuted but could lead to a $1,000 fine and year-long prison sentence for Gregory, the Washington Post reports. He held what looked like a magazine while grilling NRA chief Wayne LaPierre about the wisdom of banning assault weapons: "Here’s a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets," said Gregory. But LaPierre said an assault-weapons ban would not help deter mass murders like the one in Newtown, Conn. Now Washington, DC, detectives hope to determine whether NBC shot the interview in the District and whether the magazine contained bullets and was real.