David Gregory under fire for violating D.C.’s gun law

Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard alerts us to a petition on the White House’s website calling for charges to be filed against NBC’s David Gregory for breaking Washington, D.C.’s gun laws. On Meet The Press, Gregory held up an assault rifle magazine, possession of which is illegal in Washington, D.C. where the show took place.

The title of the petition is: “Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C.” The text of the petition reads:

David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person.

DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01

(b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

We The People demand that he be formally charged for violation of this law on “Meet The Press.”

As I write this on Christmas night, more than 6,000 people have signed the petition. If the total reaches 25,000, the White House must respond. Only those who create a whitehouse.gov account can sign, but this looks pretty easy.

Meanwhile, the D.C. police aren’t waiting for a petition. Reportedly, they are investigating to see whether the magazine Gregory possessed is real. If it isn’t, then Gregory committed journalistic fraud and I can’t believe he would ever do that.

It all seems a bit silly to me, but I suppose the law is the law.