NBC’s Gregory Won't Face Charges Over Gun Stunt
But he did get a sternly worded letter
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2013 5:49 AM CST
This image made from video provided by NBC's "Meet the Press" shows host David Gregory holding a high-capacity ammunition magazine.   (AP Photo/Meet the Press)

(Newser) – NBC's David Gregory won't be going to jail for using a visual aid that just happened to be a high-capacity ammunition magazine. DC's attorney general exercised "prosecutorial discretion" and said the host of Meet the Press will not be charged for waving the 30-round magazine during an interview with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, reports the Washington Post. It's illegal to have one good for more than 10 rounds in DC.

Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan reminded Gregory and the network “of the gravity of the illegal conduct," especially "in a city and a nation that have been plagued by carnage from gun violence.” But, ultimately, he let Gregory skate because the intent "was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy." It was, he added, a "very close decision," reports AP.

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HANKHILL
Jan 14, 2013 5:34 PM CST
good discretion showen!
Marelicia
Jan 13, 2013 4:45 PM CST
"he let Gregory skate because the intent "was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy." I maintain that It was a fake gun mag. David Gregory should not have been arrested, jailed, bonded out, prosecuted or imprisoned for such nonsense. The law is nonsense anyways and should be repealed. Without a rifle, the alleged gun magazine by itself is useless or not dangerous to the general public at all.
beeone2
Jan 13, 2013 12:55 PM CST
So, if you are carrying what is supposed to be illegal in DC, and the cops see it and want to arrest you, just tell them you are on your way to hold a class about gun safety and what you have are training aids. Then you can proceed on your way to a 'teachable moment'. Right?