It’s official: DC’s gun laws apply to some and not others:
Having carefully reviewed all of the facts and circumstances of this matter, . . . OAG has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory . . . or any other NBC employee based on the events associated with the December 23, 2012 broadcast. OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law. . .
Amazingly, they actually come out and admit that the reason he escaped prosecution is because he was agitating for gun control:
Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the 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, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public following the previously mentioned events in Connecticut and the President’s speech to the nation about them.
ASIDE: Okay, they only actually admit that it was because he was discussing gun control — not advocating it — but can anyone suggest with a straight face that an NRA spokesman who did the same thing could have escaped prosecution?
Remember that malicious intent is not required for magazine possession to be illegal in DC. The very thing is illegal, and that’s precisely how they intend it. Even clearly legal instances are prosecuted in DC. The only known way to escape prosecution is if you’re using on television to promote gun control.
And so the rule of law in America takes another blow.