It's one thing to use a prop to make your point. It's quite another matter to wave around an ammunition clip in a community where it's illegal to own such a clip that has more than 10 rounds.
NBC's David Gregory is being investigated by Washington, D.C., police after he held up a clip during his Dec. 23 interview with the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre.
"So here’s a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets," said Gregory. "Now, isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or 10 bullets, isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?”
But the official code of the District of Columbia restricts guns and ammunition, and its Metropolitan Police Department is looking into the matter.
The D.C. code reads:
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. The term “large capacity ammunition feeding device” shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.
NBC has declined to comment on the incident.