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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-12 02:42 AM
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DC Cops Investigating Whether NBC’s Gregory Violated Gun Law
Dec 26, 2012 12:04pm
DC Cops Investigating Whether NBC’s Gregory Violated Gun Law


A section in the D.C. criminal code says “no person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm.” The section stipulates that “the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine,” or similar devices.

Gregory held up what looked like a 30-bullet gun magazine when interviewing the National Rifle Association’s executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday. Gregory pressed the NRA head on whether fewer children would have been killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting on Dec. 14th if the shooter had access to less ammunition.

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Gwendolyn Crump, director of the Office of Communications for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, told ABC News, “NBC contacted MPD 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.”

But ABC News has learned from an official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives that NBC had reached out to the federal agency on Friday for advice before displaying the weaponry.

According to the ATF official, the agency noted that ATF doesn’t enforce D.C. gun laws, but agreed to put the question to a couple of Washington police officers who’ve worked with the agency in the past.

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Please note: I moved around the paragraps of the story to come up with the above condensation.



As Ms. Phaedra from Real Housewives of Atlanta might observe, "Everybody knows relying on the oral legal advice of "a couple of" D.C. cops is no legal protection at all." (Yes, I have guilty pleasures. Wanna make sumpfin' of it?)

Words to live by: If you think you may be about to commit a gun crime on national television right after killing of twenty kindergarteners, you should probably expect trouble, even if you are not a political show host who swings between smarmy and smirky.

Not for nuttin', but doesn't NBC have an army of lawyers, both inhouse legal staff and outside counsel in some of Washington D.C.'s largest and most respected law firms? Did no one think to run a criminal code legal issue past even one of them? Who gets their legal advice from a couple of cops, or from an ATF bureaucrat? And we all know ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Seventy kinds of stupid on the part of Dick Gregory and his entire staff and anyone else from NBC who may have been involved in this fiasco.

However, I am betting Gregory won't suffer too much for this. After all, it's not like he's poor or unconnected to politicians who fear media or un-white.

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-12 10:27 AM
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1. But I want Gregory to suffer.
For being an asshole Republican.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-12 11:55 PM
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3. In fairness to Republicans, regardless of his politics,
he is just not that bright.

Or able to think quickly.

Or well-informed.

Or objective

Or interesting.

Or honest.

Other than that, he's nearly perfect for his job. :silly:


I am nothing if not scrupulously fair. :evilgrin:
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-12 01:23 PM
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2. Arrogant little shit
Karl Rove's butt ornament.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-12 11:57 PM
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4. I love it when you post festive!
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