The late word that NBC requested, and failed to receive, permission from the police certainly complicates the matter. But I don’t think Gregory was planning to commit any crimes.I don't think that Gregory was planning to commit any crimes either, but that's not the point and it highlights the idiocy of most gun control laws. I personally think that Gregory was trying to highlight the difference in the size of the two magazines, and that he was trying to catch LaPierre off guard, but he ran afoul of an idiotic law that just happens to be on the books. As it turns out, in Washington DC, it is illegal to possess a certain type of steel box with a spring inside.
Now, Mr. Kurtz doesn't think that Gregory was planning to commit any crimes, but lots of folks who own those steel boxes aren't planning to commit any crimes. So, why should it be illegal to own those steel boxes? David Gregory may have done us all a favor here. He's highlighted the idiocy of the laws against steel boxes. And he's highlighted the idiocy of laws that don't require intent.
There is another firearms accessory that Mr. Gregory could have held during that segment that's also regulated heavily. It's a steel tube with washers inside. Those tubes are required in some countries, not regulated at all in others, but in the US they are considered nefarious devices, each of them is subject to confiscatory fees, absolute registration, and hobbyists acquire them after much paperwork and investigation by the government. Yet, it's nothing more than a steel tube with washers. Easily made in any home garage for less than $20.00, but if you make one for yourself, you do so at great risk.
However, if Mr. Gregory isn't arrested and prosecuted, then we'll all have the Gregory Defense. The law applies to us all, equally. No man is above the law. Not even David Gregory.