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12/26/2012 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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An official from the D.C. police told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that David Gregory COULD display a high capacity magazine on "Meet the Press" Sunday ... TMZ has learned.

Well-placed law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... a staffer from "Meet the Press" called ATF before the show aired to inquire about the legality of David holding the empty magazine during a segment on gun control.  We're told the ATF person contacted the D.C. police to find out if the District of Columbia -- the place where the show is broadcast -- had a law prohibiting such a display. 

Our sources say the D.C. police official informed ATF David could legally show the magazine, provided it was empty.  An ATF official then called the staffer from "Meet the Press" to inform them they could use the magazine.

D.C. police released a statement today, saying "NBC contacted the Metropolitan Police Dept. inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for this segment.  NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and the request was denied."

It appears "Meet the Press" may have gotten 2 different answers from law enforcement.

David is currently being investigated for displaying the magazine.

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Jay W.     

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577 days ago
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the_truth_hurts    

so you now cant DISPLAY an empty clip without permission? wtf happened to America???

577 days ago
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Pet peeves    

The ATF can NOT give anyone permission to break the law!

577 days ago
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sidebar    

What? I don't understand why they can't show a mag. Our news showed a store where they are sold and held the last one up (on air) while doing a story about how they sold out of them and ammo. What about movies that show them in DC, is that illegal. Geeze, having to call ATF to show an empty one...

577 days ago
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Amorphos    

Pretty funny when the news can show images of children that were shot, the killers who shot them, the guns they used to shoot them, but not the clip used to hold bullets. Wonder how much the NRA lobbied to stop that from happening

577 days ago
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Carl E    

The Law doesnt apply to mainstream journalist David "Left Wing" Gregory!

577 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

I wonder if TMZ is going to get reamed by the powers of America for showing a picture of someone holding up a 30 round clip. This shìt gets more bizarre every day.


After 70 years on this planet...it sucks a dick to live in America anymore.

577 days ago
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fargone    

Pretty soon we are not going to be able to advertise or display underware in print or on media. Then everything will be wonderful again and all violence will cease as we continue down the Yellow Brick Road to a blissful Utopian happiness in the New Amerika.

577 days ago
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Chef Jack Tripper    

A story not about the Kardashians or Lohan. I don't know how to comment on such a story. Im at a loss for words.

577 days ago
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j    

Ignorance of the law and/or my friend told me so is not an excuse....no matter WHO you are, even a journalist/talking head.

It is against the law.

Mr.Gregory in any other instance would be screaming for the laws to be enforced regarding guns.

Just not when it is him or his news organization who is screaming for MORE gun laws.

Just like Pres. Obama who daughters as well as Gregory's children who all go to a PRIVATE school that has 11 ARMED guards and are currently hiring more.

Guns for them and their kids at school, but none for you and your kids.


That is why everyone should be concerned that they want YOUR guns. One day only crimminals and the Government will have them and when any S**T hits the fan in our country like Greece and other, HOW will you defend yourself from them???


Remember after hurricane Katrina guns were seized by the police demanding them from homeowners trying to protect their homes and only crimminals had them?

How soon we forget.

That is how Hitler did it....get the guns out of hands.

Gregory should pay the price that you would.

No excuses.

577 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

meet the press has it figured out.ban all guns and mags and violence will suddenly stop.just like banning drugs made people quit using them.

577 days ago
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StPeteRickster    

Drudge is reporting the opposite and everyone is moaning about the LIBERALS, again.

Thanks for this, makes them look like IDIOTS.

Like Rumplestiltskin, trying to spin a story from nothing.....

577 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

I think the staffer who screwed this up should be fired and I should be given their job immediately.

577 days ago
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Ali    

Federal law trumps state or city law. If the ATF said he could show the empty magazine, I think he would be okay.

577 days ago
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3Storms    

All that dumb liberal journalist proves is criminals who don't care about the law can get weapons anywhere.....and anti-gun laws have NOT made DC safer; all they do is reward the criminals by letting them know their victims will be helpless

577 days ago
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