Police investigating TV interview incident

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Associated Press

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the U.S. capital say are investigating an incident in which the reporter on a leading television interview program displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine.

Gun laws in Washington generally restrict the possession of high-capacity magazines, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm.

"NBC contacted (the Metropolitan Police Department) inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment. NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated," police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in a written statement. She declined to comment further on the investigation.

While interviewing Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, a gun advocacy group, for his Sunday program, "Meet the Press," host David Gregory held an object, apparently as a prop to make a point, and said it was a magazine that could hold 30 rounds.

"Here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now, isn't it possible if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said, 'Well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or ten bullets,' isn't it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?'" Gregory asked, referring to the December 14 mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

LaPierre replied: "I don't believe that's going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that even if you had that" ban.

"Meet the Press" is generally taped in Washington.

An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday.

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