Updated: 12/27/2012 7:47 am EST:
D.C. police told Politico
that David Gregory's display of a gun magazine on "Meet the Press" was illegal, even if the magazine was empty.
A spokesperson made the statement after TMZ reported Wednesday that "Meet the Press" was given permission to use an empty gun magazine on-air. The site said
that according to sources, the show contacted the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives before the segment. A D.C. police official told ATF that NBC News could show the magazine.
D.C. police are now saying that the official cited in that report gave inaccurate information.
Earlier, it was also reported that the network had requested and was denied permission to use the magazine directly by the D.C. police. Legal Insurrection's William A. Jacobson confirmed the report
with the Metropolitan Police Department's Aziz Alali, who said:
"NBC contacted the Metropolitan Police Department inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for this segment. NBC was informed that that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and the request was denied."