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NBC Admits Police Warned Them About Bringing Ammo Magazine Into D.C.

It's been two months since D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan decided not to prosecute Meet the Press host David Gregory for possessing an illegal, unloaded ammunition magazine on Gregory's NBC show. But in a previously unreleased document, Meet the Press' lawyer admits what police have been claimed all along—that the network was advised not to bring the magazine into D.C.

In his Jan. 11 decision to not pursue charges, Nathan cites a Jan. 9 letter from Lee Levine, the attorney representing Meet the Press. (Levine's firm, Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, has also represented Washington City Paper.) In that letter, obtained by City Desk through a Freedom of Information Act request, Levine acknowledges that the Metropolitan Police Department told the network not to use the magazine on the show.

"The MPD advised that DC law prohibits the possession of a high capacity magazine and suggested the program instead use a photograph," Levine writes.

But NBC didn't use a photograph. Instead, Meet the Press employees misinterpreted MPD's statement and additional advice from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, according to Levine. Gregory used the magazine as a prop during a contentious Dec. 23 interview with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre a little more than a week after the Newtown school massacre.

In his letter, Levine claims that Gregory and Meet the Press thought that the magazine would be OK as long as it wasn't attached to a gun. NBC didn't respond to a request for comment about the letter.

Levine's letter:

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  • name


    was most likely the response to MPD.

  • Typical DC BS

    @name: LOL.

  • 20011

    LOL indeed.

  • Eric S. Harris

    In a parallel universe, NBC's David Gregory praises the DC police for arresting Wayne La Pierre for displaying an unloaded magazine clip on NBC's "Meet the Press" recently, saying the laws should apply to everyone and there should be no exceptions granted to public figures.

    "The law is the law, and no one should get a 'pass' just because they are appearing on a TV show, trying to make a point." Gregory said on last Sunday's program.

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  • Typical DC BS

    Too bad David Gregory is the perfect example of the modern "journalist" who lets his personal viewpoint color his "news reporting".