The police department of the District of Columbia has completed an investigation into NBC television host David Gregory’s possession and exhibition of a high-capacity gun magazine on the Dec. 23 edition of the show “Meet the Press.”
Under DC law, it is illegal for anyone to possess a magazine able to hold 10 or more bullets, even if it is empty. Now that the investigation is complete, the matter has been referred to the district’s attorney general, Irvin Nathan.
In a statement to the media partially reprinted by the Washington Post, a DC police spokeswoman said that law enforcement officials have “completed the investigation into this matter, and the case has been presented to the OAG [office of attorney general] for a determination of the prosecutorial merit of the case.”
The maximum punishment for possession of a high-capacity magazine is 1 year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Before taping the program, representatives for “Meet the Press” were said to have contacted DC police to enquire about the legality of displaying the magazine. They were explicitly told that doing so would be against the law and that permission from the police would not be given.
It remains to be seen whether DC, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, will choose to enforce the law against such a prominent liberal as Gregory.