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12/26/2012 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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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EBL I still want to see David Gregory frog marched out of NBC. If only to give TMZ a good story to report.

636 days ago

EBL I still want to see David Gregory frog marched. If only to help TMZ.

636 days ago


sorry right wingers, you thought you caught him but damn those liberals are slippery!

636 days ago

Fuck Celebrities    

gregory is a moron.

636 days ago


Might be the dumbest thing i have ever read . This country is idiotic

636 days ago


to bad the gun he's talking about was in the car.They always are looking for shock value to get ratings.Does Bloomberg own that station or what? The moron who just killed firefighters was let out just to end up killing again. But it's the guns fault the our justice system can't do there job and keep these people behind bars or use the death penalty when people kill...justice what a joke now families are losing innocent family's a race to get the facts whether there wrong or correct and be the first to air it....fu people your the reason why they do it so you can make nobody a somebody.

636 days ago


So as long as the police say you can violate the law everything is cool? Do they give permission for murder and child molestation as well? What laws are real laws and what laws only matter if the police say they matter?

636 days ago


The ATF has no jurisdiction over local gun laws. The DC police can't allow you to ignore the law, the ONLY way they could have done that was to get a ratified exemption from The full DC council

636 days ago


This empty headed POS sends his kids to a school boasting armed security. Yet he wants to deny you and me the very same level of assurance. I guess not all kids are created equal, eh, s***bag?

636 days ago

buzz kill    

The law is the law, no exceptions for lefties. He needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

636 days ago


Wow crazy... Guess the only way to display a high capacity magazine appropriately is when a crazy person is using one in creating major carnage upon innocent people. This world is pretty twisted!!! Waste way to much time in the efforts of trying to point out what good guys are putting out there as news etc... I say this of course realizing that allot of the news etc is blown out of proportion and all but its getting rediculous.

636 days ago

PJ in Texas    

Freaking bureaucrats ...

636 days ago


I gotta call BS on this report. The ATF has no jurisdiction here because the law violated was a D.C. law, not federal. So why would they even be contacted, and why would they play the middle man between D.C. police and NBC News? B.S.!

636 days ago


No they didnt gt okk from ATF, they got a NO from DC police

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