Further data on the "Meet the Press" interview
I've commented on David Gregory of NBC waving an AR-15 magazine around which, given that the NBC studio is inside DC, made its possession illegal. Now, it turns out that NBC had previously contacted the DC police and been warned that this would be illegal.
NBC declines to comment.
My prediction is that after an 'investigation' the magazine will be one of the following:
1. On loan from the nearest military unit, or
2. On loan from the police property room, or
3. NBC had permission all along, or
4. It wasn't a real magazine, or
5. Some combination of the above.
Nothing will come of it and the people who mentioned it will be mocked.
Posted by: Chris (Mainsail) at December 26, 2012 12:17 PM
Actually, they probably have a 1st Amendment right to violate that law!
Posted by: Jim at December 26, 2012 01:47 PM
There is another take.
David Gregory will face the full extent of DC law and be punished in some way, either a big fine or nominal jail time.
Here's my reasoning: If the Obama Administration wants a magazine ban to be taken seriously, they have to insist that everyone--even an elitist twit like Gregory--be equal under the law.
If they don't, they will run the problem of selective enforcement. A good defense lawyer will argue that if Gregory got off with nothing at all, or a light fine, for possession of a banned magazine, than my client should as well.
I think the Administration will throw Gregory under the bus, just to make that point stick in future prosecutions.
They see the media as disposable "useful idiots", and will not have a problem if Gregory has to serve time on a magazine restriction--snicker, snicker--to subvert the 2nd A.
Plus, it was Gregory's arrogance that got him trouble. He thought he was above the law even after being told the DC cops would not grant a waiver. Typical DC egomaniac; IMHO, he deserves jail time just for that attitude. -PB, NoVa
Posted by: Poshboy at December 26, 2012 05:14 PM
...Poshboy, The President and the Executive branch have ZERO control or authority in the District of Columbia. Congress controls all in the district, Article one, section 8. Read your Constitution, Boyo.
Posted by: Dave D. at December 26, 2012 09:53 PM
I'm not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I'll check back later and see if the problem
Posted by: smagliature at December 27, 2012 03:30 AM
Chris: I'm betting you're right.
Jim: If that'll be your defense when they charge you, we'll come see you during visiting hours.
Poshboy: You forget that Obummer is the most arrogant of all.
Dave D: And, given his past actions and words, what does the Constitution have to do with Obama?
Posted by: Dan at December 27, 2012 06:47 AM
The press gets a certain latitude for actions that are in the public interest. For example, they sometimes interview bad guys without revealing their whereabouts or intended crimes to the police. My guess is DG will get a hand slap, probably not serious enough to prohibit him from owning a gun if he wants to.
Posted by: SeaDrive at December 27, 2012 08:20 AM
The penalty is a fine of UP TO $1,000 or UP TO 1 year in jail. DG will be found guilty and I've got a few Federal Reserve Notes that say his fine will be in single figures and more Federal Reserve Notes that say the number of days he might spend in jail is equal to that number found between zero and two.
I've also got a bunch of Federal Reserve Notes that say he will become the darling of the liberals and the MSM for having suffered so "for the cause".
Posted by: skidmark at December 27, 2012 08:49 AM
Shirts and Skins. Shirts and Skins.
Posted by: Mark-1 at December 27, 2012 08:54 AM
Latest story is that Gregory got permission from the ATF who got permission from DC police... All nonsense of course, but slightly plausible nonsense that provides enough wiggle room to let the DC Chief issue a stern warning and drop the whole thing.
Posted by: Jeff Knox at December 27, 2012 02:35 PM
How can you get "permission" to break the law?
Posted by: Jim D. at December 28, 2012 12:01 PM
...Prosecutorial descretion doesn't belong to the Police Chief, Jeff. It resides with the Prosecutor, and in D.C. that would be the Atty. Genl. : Irvin Nathan.
Posted by: Dave D. at December 28, 2012 12:26 PM