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NBC News may have actually got two contradicting responses about whether or not Meet The Press host David Gregory could actually hold an illegal gun clip on air.
Police said Tuesday that they are investigating the incident, which took place while Gregory interviewed National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre. Gregory was met with criticism from gun advocates and conservatives for it, citing a Washington D.C. code that he may have violated. This also resulted in a petition calling for the host’s arrest.
A police spokeswoman told Politico that NBC did make a request to be allowed to show the gun clip, but it was denied.
“NBC contacted [the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department] inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment,” spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said. “NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated.”
However, sources for TMZ say that a D.C. police official did tell the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that Gregory could show the 30-bullet magazine if it was empty. The ATF contacted Meet The Press and told them that it was OK to show the clip.
NBC and Gregory have yet to comment on the incident.