We don’t imagine anyone’s surprised to learn that NBC’s David Gregory will not face prosecution for waving a banned high-capacity magazine during a broadcast of “Meet the Press.” In a letter, Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said that prosecution of Gregory would neither “promote public safety” in Washington nor serve the best interests of D.C.’s citizens.

However, Nathan also noted that NBC’s effort to determine if the stunt was indeed legal (it wasn’t) was “feeble and unsatisfactory.” In other words, the law banning possession of the magazine was clear, but the network didn’t bother complying — the prop was necessary to push for the passage of more gun laws, after all.

No, of course we didn’t. That would involve enforcing the law. Besides, this is David Gregory.

Mattress tag, huh? So the magazine is such a dangerous tool of mass destruction that Gregory felt he needed to confront the NRA with it on air. The fact that he had it? No big deal. It’s not a gun or anything. But we need to ban them, now. Clear?

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The full text of Attorney General Nathan’s letter is available online. Gregory’s intent, it seems, was a major factor in letting him get away with breaking the law.

Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public following the previously mentioned events in Connecticut and the President’s speech to the nation about them. There were, however, other legal means available to demonstrate the point and to pursue this line of questioning with the guest that were suggested to NBC and that could have and should have been pursued.

Wait, veterans are prosecuted for breaking similar gun bans? Yes, yes they are.

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Legal Insurrection has done some digging and uncovered an interesting connection. David Gregory’s wife, Beth Wilkinson, appeared together in 2011 in the Shakespeare Theatre Mock Trial with Nathan.

  • shane2813

    You stupids the laws are only for the little peoples.

  • http://twitter.com/equaltreatment Elaine

    He’s a liberal, it’s Friday night, he wasn’t driving in Massachusetts or declaring it at a NY airport, so he’s all set!

    • SpinMeNot

      Well, I understand that when driving in Mass, if you break the law, and leave your car submerged in water and report the incident the next day, its not a big deal.

      just sayin …

    • lainer51

      all that is missing is an Oldsmobile Delmont 88…

  • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

    It is only illegal for the merchant selling the mattress to remove the tag to protect the buyers of said mattress — once a private individual owns the mattress he/she is allowed to remove the tag. Maybe that idiot Andrew Kaczynski should learn a little about the law before commenting — but of course, that would require some effort & would take him away from posting cat videos.

    • Guest

      And this nullifies the argument against inequality in enforcement of the
      law that Gregory broke, how? By this logic, Gregory should fry just for
      his ignorance alone. Way to be consistent being a stickler for details.
      Bravo! Too smart to see David’s or your own hypocrisy, I

      • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

        WOW you’re dumb — My post was exclusively responding to that idiot Andrew Kaczynski’s tweet re: mattress tags, not David Gregory — that’s pretty obvious from context clues (which you, dullard, seem to have completely missed). Reading comprehension — how the f*ck does it work?

  • Steve_J

    What about the people who have been arrested and jailed in DC for possesion of high capacity magazines?

    • bonnieblue2A

      Nothing yo look at here folks. Laws are only for those who oppose the dictator’s agenda and not for those toting his water. Just ask AG fast’n furious Holder why he still hides behind the thin veil of Obama’s Executive Privilege.

      Piers Morgan and David Gregory are bootlicking tools of the statist run media.

      • BeautifulAmerica

        So is Irvin Nathan, and he should be fired or permitting a felony.

      • texaswc

        And I believe Holder has got himself in for another term….sad…

    • SideshowJon36

      They’re not on TV, so they don’t matter

    • Joe W.

      Bingo….they should have their convictions overturned and restitution to them made.

    • carla5731

      This is what life is like for real people in DC:

      “A naval officer who dashed out to pick up dinner on Wisconsin Avenue for his wife and 6-month-old daughter in July returned home more than three hours later with an arrest record instead.

      In between, he said, he was photographed in handcuffs by kids loitering on a District street corner, locked in a cell at the 2nd District station, fingerprinted and required to pose for a mug shot.

      He was jailed because the license plates on his car had expired.”


      • mdtljt

        …lived there 20 years…not surprised. Those morons are so addled they couldn’t find their asses with both hands and a flashlight. Just for a giggle, check out how much $$ they lose because embassy vehicles park without feeding meters, double and triple park…do you think they pay those fines??? Hell to the no…they have DIP tags with “diplomatic immunity” (hear the pompous South African crapweasel from Lethal Weapon 2). Laws there are ONLY for controlling those who DON’T commit crimes…

  • Steve_J

    Somebody should start a #DavidGregoryDCGunLawScofflaw

  • NachoCheese (D)

    Is anyone really surprised by this? Of course the elites will not be held accountable for laws that are clearly applicable only to the little people.

    Sweet sweet liberal tyranny!

  • stuckinIL4now

    The DC AG lets Gregory off the hook but “slams” him? Really? You call what he said slamming him? Maybe he shoulda slammed Gregory with even one night in jail–not that I’m surprised he got off scott-free. Maybe it’s time for the public to “Lauer” Gregory. Every time people see him in public they should get on his case and let him know exactly what they feel and think about him and what he did, just like how the Ann Curry fans have been bashing Matt Lauer.

    • grais

      If Gregory had even an ounce of integrity, he would insist that the current law that he broke be enforced. He’s even more of a laughing stock now than he was before.

  • walterc

    Precedent for possessing an illegal magazine in D.C.

  • sigh

    Time for mass civil disobedience marching with 30 round mags into DC and claiming 1st Amendment protections. [email protected] all these tyrants.

  • carla5731

    It was willful disregard of the law since he could have just shown a graphic. Doesn’t NBC have a staff of artsy people whose job it is to make pretty pictures for the news? Or do they always strive to bring the actual object they’re talking about into the studio? If so, things must really get crazy around there when they do stories on tiger poaching.

  • grais

    So, how many liberals agree with David Gregory that we need many more, very much stricter gun laws that Will Not Be Enforced.
    C’mon, geniuses; speak up!

    • WisconsinPatriot


  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    How about justice for the young vet who innocently had a few rounds of ammo in his bag? He is now registered in DC as a criminal. Way to treat our vets.

  • Dioptase

    “[P]rosecution of Gregory would neither “promote public safety” in Washington nor serve the best interests of D.C.’s citizens.”

    And here I thought prosecution occurred when a law appeared to be broken.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      And just WHAT ARE the “best interests” of the subjects of DC? To have the elite enshrined never to be disturbed by rules for the little people????? Favoritism, determined by YOU? This smells BAD!

      • Dioptase

        I hear ya. There are bad laws on the books and there are good laws not on the books, but they’re only meaningful to a country under the rule of law. Laws are just whims and fancies to a country under the rule of men.

  • WisconsinPatriot

    Lets get a TRUCKLOAD of “high cap mags” and distribute them in DC to “further the gun law debate”. Wanna bet I am wearing an orange jumpsuit prior to the end of the day????? BUT BUT BUT……..David Gregory did it!

  • stuckinIL4now

    Word is that Gregory and his wife are “social” acquaintances of the DC AG. Awkward.

  • lainer51

    at least we now know what Gregory is good for – exposing the hypocrisy in DC and main stream creepia.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Any word if they plan to charge Wayne Lapierre for not reporting the crime?

    • mickeyco


  • ember

    So, once again, its all about who you know and how much power you have access to. The average Joe is screwed.

  • fed-up

    This really bothers me on so many levels. So the D.C. Attoney General set a precedent. If someone has a high capacity mag in their posession and is arrested, they can use this ruling to get off. Did they at least confiscate the magazine? How can any law in D.C. be taken seriously? Or are there two sets of laws. For you and me, jail time, for the likes of David Gregory, a stern talking to.

  • rbtpowell

    Another example of gun laws at work……………..

  • Rick Weesner

    Sounds like the Attorney General’s comments that prosecuting Gregory would not promote public safety are a confession of the ineffectiveness of their laws.

  • RightThinking1

    Methinks this is going to cause a real problem the next time they try to prosecute someone for possession of such. Uniformity of enforcement is important in law. A good defense attorney would be all over this, particularly given assertive, overtly public statements by the Attorney General