NBC's David Gregory has dodged a legal bullet. He won't be charged with violating any gun laws when he showed a high-capacity magazine on "Meet the Press" to make a point about how more gun control is needed.
Washington D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said despite the violation he decided to exercise "prosecutorial discretion" to not pursue a criminal case because doing so wouldn't make the District safer, the Washington Post reports.
It is against the law in the District of Columbia to possess a device that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition -- even if it's not attached to a firearm. Gregory showed the high capacity magazine clip when he was interviewing Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, following the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Influencing Nathan' decision was that Gregory's "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," he wrote in a letter to NBC.
Via the Washington Post