D.C. police investigating "Meet the Press" over gun prop
NBC News' David Gregory holds up a high capacity magazine to demonstrate a point while interviewing NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning. / NBC News
WASHINGTON District of Columbia police say they are investigating an incident in which NBC News reporter David Gregory displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine on "Meet the Press."
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.
"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 on the investigation.
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While interviewing National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre for Sunday's program, Gregory held an object, apparently as a prop to make a point, and said it was a magazine that could hold 30 rounds.
"Here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now, isn't it possible 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 mass shooting at an 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.
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Gun control has been a hotly debated topic since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school two weeks ago. Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist who did polling for Mayors Against Guns, said on CBS "This Morning" Wednesday that most Americans want stricter gun laws.
"I don't think the NRA is listening, I don't think they understand," Luntz said. "I think they can protect the Second Amendment rights and yet agree that not every human being should own a gun, that not every gun should be available anytime, anywhere, for anyone,"
"Meet the Press" is generally taped in Washington.
An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday.
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