Not only did the Metropolitan Police Department warn producers for Meet the Press back in December 2012 that then-host David Gregory possessing a high-capacity ammunition magazine at NBC studios would be a misdemeanor weapons offense, the MPD shortly thereafter worked up an arrest warrant for Gregory subsequent to his displaying such a magazine on air while taping the program in NBC's Washington, D.C. studio.
But it took some legal wrangling for a conservative blogger to get a federal judge to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and order the District of Columbia government to hand over the affidavit that MPD officers filed in the course of seeking an arrest warrant for Gregory.
William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has more:
For those of you who are new to the blog, or who have not been paying attention, Legal Insurrection filed a FOIA suit against the District of Columbia seeking records related to the non-prosecution of David Gregory and NBC News despite their clear violation of D.C.’s gun law by possessing a 30-round ammunition magazine.
We are represented by Judicial Watch, which has done a wonderful job. It’s a real credit to them that they work hard to dig out the truth not only on big issues like IRS targeting, but also smaller issues like how draconian D.C. gun laws are not enforced against the famous and connected D.C. elites.
D.C. refused to give us all the documents we requested, and even withheld initially documents it had provided to others. Among the missing documents was a Warrant and supporting Affidavit provided to the D.C. Attorney General by the Metropolitan Police.
It took a while in court, and David Gregory no longer is on Meet the Press, but we finally won a ruling that the police Affidavit must be produced.
It remains to be seen when exactly the District government will comply. Of course, even when it does, we don't expect any significant broadcast or print media attention to the development.