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.”