The DC attorney general is expected to have a decision by the end of the week whether to charge NBC's David Gregory for displaying an illegal ammunition clip on his show.
Gregory held a high-capacity ammunition clip while interviewing the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre “Meet the Press” on Dec. 23. Attorney General Irvin Nathan said he received a report from the police and will decide if charges will be filed against the journalist The Washington Post
It is illegal to possess any clip holding more than 10 rounds in Washington, even if it’s empty. The magazine Gregory displayed holds 30 rounds.
If convicted, the journalist could face a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Gregory’s interview with the NRA chief was regarding the shooting in Newtown, Conn., earlier in the month. He asked LaPierre if the 30-round casing were replaced with only ones that held five or 10 rounds, could mass shootings be avoided. LaPierre said people would find other ways around it.
Police say that NBC asked before the interview if the clip could be shown, and staff said it was not allowed. However, the entertainment website TMZ reported that the show may have gotten conflicting answers from law enforcement, as a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives official had given the OK as long as the magazine was unloaded.
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