U.S. Park police arrested pro-gun activist Adam Kokesh on Tuesday after a video showed him loading a shotgun in “Freedom Plaza”. Roads were blocked off near the area of Snow Flake Court where Kokesh lived and residents were warned to stay inside. Kokesh is facing a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
A search warrant of Kokesh’s home was executed and Virginia police were reportedly looking for the shotgun Kokesh loaded in the video. Kokesh stated earlier this week that his actions were intentional as it is illegal to carry a loaded firearm in the District of Columbia. “I was ready to stand by my word, and I was ready to commit the civil disobedience that I had committed to,” he said.
D.C. Police Chief Lanier stated that, “You’re allowed to have a rifle [or] shotgun registered for your home, if you’re a D.C. resident and it’s registered for the protection of your home. You can transport it through the District of Columbia as well. But there are rules for that transport. What [Kokesh] did [Thursday] morning, if in fact that was a real firearm [with] real ammunition, would be a violation of the law.”
Kokesh admitted the video was of him loading a shotgun in D.C. “I was here, and I loaded a shotgun on Independence Day, but I didn’t kill anybody. I didn’t drone any children,” he said Monday. “I didn’t steal any children’s future. I didn’t sell this country into debt. I didn’t do any of the crimes that the man two blocks over at the White House is responsible for.”