Now more than ever we live in an Orwellian world.
Thanks to Bitter at Shall Not Be Questioned for pointing out a story on TMZ regarding BATFE intervention on behalf of David Gregory and his illegal in DC 30-round magazine. It seems officials in Comrade Napolean’s, err, I mean President Obama’s ATF contacted the Metro PD on behalf of NBC and were told Gregory could “display” the magazine.
Well-placed law enforcement sources tell TMZ … a staffer from “Meet
the Press” called ATF before the show aired to inquire about the
legality of David holding the empty magazine during a segment on gun
control. We’re told the ATF person contacted the D.C. police to find
out if the District of Columbia — the place where the show is broadcast
— had a law prohibiting such a display.
Our sources say the
D.C. police official informed ATF David could legally show the magazine,
provided it was empty. An ATF official then called the staffer from
“Meet the Press” to inform them they could use the magazine.
From a reader comment that Glenn Reynolds posted on Instapundit along with his response:
Reader Stephen Johnson emails: “ATF approval simply makes no sense.
The ATF has no jurisdiction over DC gun laws. And if, in fact, NBC news
called the ATF to ask ‘permission’ this just reinforces how stupid they
are about gun laws and jurisdiction. This story smells…. bad.” Hmm.
If D.C. were a state I’d be sure this was correct. But since it’s a
federal enclave I’m not sure.
Insofar as comments go regarding this matter, I do like the one from rickn8or at Say Uncle:
So if we get caught with anything illegal in DC, all we gotta do is tell the cop we want a “David Gregory”?
Unfortunately, I think one has to be a member of the national propaganda corps aka the mainstream media to be able to get a “David Gregory”.