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Do D.C.'s Gun Control Laws Exempt Those Who Support Gun Control? Signs Point to "Yes."

Friday, January 30, 2015

Do D.C.'s Gun Control Laws Exempt Those Who Support Gun Control?  Signs Point to "Yes."

Late last week, Judicial Watch along with the website Legal Insurrection made new headlines in the curious non-prosecution of NBC’s David Gregory, with their release of the January 2013 arrest warrant affidavit for the former Meet the Press host. Despite the open and shut case for charges laid out in the document, on January 11, 2013, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General announced its decision not to prosecute Gregory, insisting, “Prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia.”

The affidavit stems from Gregory’s conduct during the December 23, 2012, edition of Meet the Press. While interviewing NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, Gregory retrieved a 30-round AR-15 magazine and used it as a prop in an attempt to add drama to his lame accusations. The performance earned Gregory significant negative attention, including that of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, as standard capacity AR-15 magazines are banned in D.C., where the show is filmed.

NBC was well aware of this fact. The affidavit makes clear that prior to filming, NBC employees contacted both BATFE and D.C. police to inquire as to the legality of displaying a 30-round magazine on their program. A representative from the D.C. police made clear that possession of the magazine would be illegal, stating in an email, “possession of high capacity magazines is a misdemeanor under Title # 7 of the DC Code, I would suggest utilizing photographs for their presentation.” This straightforward warning was ignored.

The decision not to prosecute Gregory, coupled with the city’s vigorous prosecutions of others who have harmlessly violated technical provisions of the District’s onerous gun laws, is rife with elitism and hypocrisy. NRA agrees that Gregory did not pose a threat to public peace or order by displaying a common firearm magazine during his cheap media stunt. Yet neither do any other of the peaceable Americans who possess and use these magazine for legitimate purposes and who officials of D.C. are all too eager to smear and prosecute as violent criminals.

Gregory’s treatment by then-D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan reveals something important about both men and how they exercised their professional roles. As a law enforcement official, Nathan was willing to put politics above equal treatment under the law. As a Meet the Press “journalist,” Gregory not only failed to challenge the power structure in D.C., but was such a useful tool to District officials that the law was deemed not to apply to him. Both men should be ashamed of themselves.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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California: One Gun a Month Bill Pulled from Senate Public Safety Hearing

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Texas: Senate Passes SB 16, LTC Fee Reduction Bill, by Overwhelming Vote

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Texas: Senate Passes SB 16, LTC Fee Reduction Bill, by Overwhelming Vote

On Monday, the Texas Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston), on a 26-5 vote.

Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights

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Virginia Action Needed: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Self-Defense Bills

Monday, March 27, 2017

Virginia Action Needed: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Self-Defense Bills

Following their passage in the Virginia General Assembly, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed multiple self-defense bills; Senate Bill 1299, Senate Bill 1300, House Bill 1852, and House Bill 1853. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

NRA Applauds Texas State Senate for Passing SB 16

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action applauds the Texas Senate today for passing Senate Bill 16, legislation that substantially reduces License To Carry fees in the Lone Star state.

Georgia: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Bills – Governor Needs to Hear From You!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Georgia: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Bills – Governor Needs to Hear From You!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

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Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

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Friday, March 24, 2017

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California: Anti-Gun Bill Limiting Firearm Purchases to be Heard in Senate Public Safety on Tuesday, March 28

Friday, March 24, 2017

California: Anti-Gun Bill Limiting Firearm Purchases to be Heard in Senate Public Safety on Tuesday, March 28

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