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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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31.

Ric    

2 different agencies obviously (One federal, one local). He violated a local law. He' s a liberal pig, so what does he care anyway?

604 days ago
32.

UNLV1990    

Not a fan of guns or Gregory. This just shows how dumb these laws are. For gun control fans, Gregory must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for showing a price of mettle on tv. This is not . . .

604 days ago
33.

pragmatist    

DC police can't cir***vent FEDERAL law. Throw the book at his privileged ass. Long live NRA and the second amendment.

604 days ago
34.

acm    

We need a course in Civics Govt (State and Local). The Right to Bear Arms is the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.

604 days ago
35.

anya2u    

M'thinks they got more to worry about than an empty magazine used on a news show to illustrate a point.

604 days ago
36.

heyitsadam    

Don't you have to PROVE it's a high capacity magazine? If they were SMART they could have said, "This is a non-working replica of a high-capacity magazine." Good luck proving if it is, or it isn't.

604 days ago
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Spencer B in MD    

Here comes the cover-up and liberal spin..F the left.

604 days ago
38.

SeeSomethingSaySomething    

It literally would have cost them nothing to recruit a law student intern to research this. ATF regs don't apply. Even a non law student could have looked them up and reached that conclusion. Also, this isn't the kind of thing you want to get an oral authorization on. Lastly, my question is how did they get the clip into DC? If it crossed state lines either from MD or VA, then the Feds will be involved...but I bet he gets a pardon, since it was a stupid mistake/victimless crime.

604 days ago
39.

Cj    

Gotta love tyranny. The ATF shouldn't even exist. Just another UNCONSTITUTIONAL agency committing high treason. RIP Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

604 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

I hope they prosecute the individuals involved in this publicity stunt to the highest extent of the law.

604 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

I sure do miss Tim Russert and long for the days when Meet The Press was worthy of settling in and watching with a cup of coffee every Sunday morning.

David Gregory could learn a lot from watching and studying Tim Russert's interview style. Gregory is just awful at hosting MTP.

RIP Tim Russert - One of the best, a truly honorable man.

604 days ago
42.

Lawdog1521    

This is a classic example of how our justice system works. Because he's in politics and part of the media, "They're looking into it."

If he was just an average citizen, he woud have already been arrested.

And if he happened to be black he'd already be doing a dime in D block at Leavenworth.

604 days ago
43.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

One thing i'm certain of, this in your face style of confrontational publicity stunt interviewing replete with visual props would have never happened on Tim Russert's watch.

Gregory needs review the many interviews Russert has had with Wayne LaPierre. See firsthand how a true master does it while acting professional, honorable, and being tough but still respectful of the guest who's appearing on your show.

Maybe with time and maturation Luke Russert will one day be ready to take the reins of MTP, and restore the shows integrity to the all time high it achieved under his fathers stewardship.

604 days ago
44.

South Side     

He made a valid point by displaying what is currently legal versus what should and will be legal. I'm happy to know 2013 will bring the necessary and long overdue changes to archaic gun laws.

604 days ago
45.

steve    

Listen up people. Under DC code possesion of a magazine holding over 10 rounds is a crime. Had the show been filmed almost anywhere else other than DC, no cime would have been committed. Since the show IS filmed in Washington DC studios, possession of the magazine is a crime. He did not attain permission to possess the magazine as stated in the article "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."
SO you guys dont want to prosecute a law abiding citizen for having an inanimate object that isnt doing harm to anyone, but you want more laws passed that will prosecute law abiding citizens for having an inanimate object that have never done anything to harm anyone. Is that about right?

604 days ago
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