The Washington, D.C. police department has finished investigating David Gregory, and said the case is now in the hands of the District attorney general's office.
Gregory caused a stir in December when he held up what appeared to be a thirty-round gun magazine during his interview with the NRA's Wayne LaPierre on "Meet the Press." It is illegal to own or transfer high-capacity ammunition in D.C., and gun advocates have urged police to arrest Gregory over the display.
D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan said on Wednesday that he hopes to have a decision on the case soon, Politico reported. "We have received the report of the investigation of MPD," he said. "That report is now with our line prosecutors. I’m expecting their recommendation shortly and then I will make the decision, and I hope I will make that decision this week."
The Washington Post reported the close of the police department's investigation on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier wrote in an email that the department has “completed the investigation into this matter, and the case has been presented to the OAG for a determination of the prosecutorial merit of the case.”
NBC reportedly sought permission to show the gun magazine on-air before the segment. The D.C. police department confirmed that the network had asked if the display was permissible, and denied the request. However, it was also reported that NBC asked the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and was told that it could show the gun magazine.
The story has taken several twists and turns since late December. There is a White House petition calling for Gregory's arrest, which has now reached almost 18,000 signatures.
Meanwhile, NRA president David Keene has said that he does not believe Gregory should be prosecuted. "I really think what David Gregory did while he was inadvertently flouting the law was illustrating in a very graphic way, perhaps not intentionally, but in a graphic way just how silly some of these laws are," Keene said.