Adam Kokesh Arrested After Posting Video of Himself Loading Shotgun in D.C.

Police raided Kokesh's VA home and took him into custody Tuesday night.

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Marine Corps veteran Adam Kokesh talks with reporters during a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 1, 2007.

Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh has been taken into custody after U.S. Park Police searched his Herndon, Va., home Tuesday night, a local enforcement official confirmed to Whispers Wednesday.

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The police raid came less than a week after Kokesh posted a video to YouTube showing himself loading a shotgun with live ammunition in downtown Washington, D.C., on the Fourth of July. Kokesh's producer and roommate Darrell Young told NBC Washington police raided the home in search of that weapon.

District law bans civilians from carrying any weapon, open or concealed.


"We will not be silent; we will not obey; we will not allow our government to destroy our humanity," Kokesh says in the video while loading the shotgun and standing in a plaza between the White House and the Capitol. "We are the final American Revolution. See you next Independence Day."

Kokesh had previously invited thousands of supporters to come for an "Open Carry March" on Washington on the Fourth of July, which he described on a Facebook event page as a march "with rifles loaded and slung across our backs to put the government on notice."

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But he later canceled the march after D.C. police said they would strictly enforce the law against open carry of any firearm in the city.

Kokesh is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, according to an official there. He is due to appear in court Wednesday.

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