WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A new White House petition is calling for NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory to be charged after possessing what seemed to be a high-caliber magazine on the show.
District of Columbia police are investigating the incident after Gregory displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine on “Meet the Press” while he was interviewing National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre about the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
The petition states that Gregory is “not above the law” and “must be held accountable to the same law as every other person.”
“We The People demand that he be formally charged for violation of this law on “Meet The Press,” the petition states.
Gun laws in the nation’s capital generally restrict the possession of high-capacity magazines, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. Gregory held up the magazine as a prop, even though D.C. police say NBC had already been advised not to use it in the show.
“NBC contacted (the Metropolitan Police Department) inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated,” police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in a written statement. She declined to comment further.
During this past Sunday’s program, Gregory held up an object that he said was a magazine that could hold 30 rounds.
“Here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now, isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said, ‘Well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets,’ isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?’” Gregory asked, referring to the December 14 shooting in which a gunman massacred 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
LaPierre replied: “I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that even if you had that” ban.
It was not clear how or where Gregory obtained the magazine, and an NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday.
“Meet the Press” is generally taped in Washington.
The petition has nearly 12,000 signatures.
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