DC police say Gregory’s clip was illegal even if empty

A Washington Metropolitan Police Department spokesman tells POLITICO that it was illegal for NBC’s David Gregory to show an empty gun magazine on television last Sunday, even if it was empty.

The spokesman also said he could not confirm a report by TMZ, the Hollywood gossip site, alleging that a D.C. police official told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives just the opposite, leading Gregory and his team at NBC’s “Meet the Press” to believe he could legally show an empty magazine on television.

“I don’t know where they got their information. I can’t confirm what they said,” Officer Paul Metcalf told POLITICO. “All I can say for now is that the matter is still under investigation.”

Asked whether it would be legal to show a magazine without bullets, Metcalf replied: “It’d still be illegal.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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