Originally Posted by listopencil
I understand your point about possession but in this case he checked with the local police, they told him that he wasn't allowed to do it, and he did it anyway. From what I understand he did knowingly possess an illegal gun magazine. If you start considering the intent of the law you get to some seriously shaky ground though. I think the intent of the law is to lessen the likelihood that an irresponsible person, like a dangerous and violent criminal, has the ability to fire a lot of rounds with minimal effort. We can debate whether the law is effective in accomplishing that end, but I think that is the intent of the law. In that regard there is no difference between what he did and a gun dealer moving that magazine through DC. I would even say that there is no difference between what he did and someone using that magazine at firing range or for sport hunting. Actually, I already said that earlier in the thread but it bears repeating.
They considered the intent of the law. Given the way they loosely use the word "possess" they pretty much have to consider it. Otherwise, if I saw one on the sidewalk, they are encouraging me to leave it there for someone else to take rather than pick it up to turn in or discard.