Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 11, 2013

No charges for NBC host for on-air ammunition clip


Associated Press

WASHINGTON — NBC journalist David Gregory won’t face charges for displaying what he said was a high-capacity ammunition magazine on his “Meet the Press” show.

D.C. prosecutors announced the decision Friday, saying criminal charges wouldn’t serve the public’s best interests.

Police began investigating after Gregory, during taping of his Dec. 23 show, held up an object he said was a magazine that could hold 30 rounds.

He was interviewing National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and used the magazine as a prop while discussing gun control.

D.C. gun laws generally restrict the possession of high-capacity magazines, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. Police say they told NBC it would be illegal to possess the device.

The decision was announced by the city’s Office of Attorney General.