Video shows activist Adam Kokesh loading shotgun in DC’s Freedom - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Video shows activist Adam Kokesh loading shotgun in DC’s Freedom Plaza

Posted: Updated:
Screen grab from YouTube shows Adam Kokesh loading a shotgun in DC. Screen grab from YouTube shows Adam Kokesh loading a shotgun in DC.
WASHINGTON -

A pro-gun activist celebrated the Fourth of July by loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. in an apparent violation of local weapons laws.

Adam Kokesh had someone record the incident, and the video has been posted on the internet.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirms that her department and U.S. Park Police are investigating the staged event. Freedom Plaza is U.S. parkland.

In the video, Kokesh, a former Marine, appears to load red shells into a pump-action shotgun while addressing the camera.

Kokesh said, "We will not be silent. We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity."

D.C.'s weapons laws are quite strict, especially pertaining to guns outside the home. Police Chief Lanier told us, "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."

Lanier said her department was aware of the video and was looking into the incident.

In another part of the city, about 30 people who favor more control over guns marched in the Fourth of July parade in D.C.'s Palisades neighborhood. Tess Finnegan, with Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, said she was marching "In response to the Newtown shooting back in December. It's been over six months. My heart breaks for those parents who lost their children. And I would like to see our nation do something about that."

Asked for a specific change in national gun laws, Finnegan said that background checks, which are routine in gun shops, should be universal. Expanding the background check requirement would affect sales at gun shows and sales on the internet.

Kokesh is no stranger to controversy. Twice, he has participated in "dancing demonstrations" at the Jefferson Memorial, and on one of those occasions, U.S. Park Police arrested him in a pretty rough manner. A video posted by a bystander shows Kokesh being thrown hard to the ground and then choked briefly.

Earlier, Kokesh had threatened to lead an armed march from Virginia into D.C. on the Fourth of July. In Virginia, it is legal for anyone who can legally own a gun to carry it publicly.

Kokesh later backed away from the plan to lead an armed march into D.C., but, at the end of this new video, Kokesh hints it may happen in the future.

As Kokesh loads shells in to the shotgun, he tells the camera: “We are the final American revolution. See you next Independence Day."


Statement from US Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department regarding Adam Kokesh video:

"The Metropolitan Police Department and US Park Police are aware that today Adam Kokesh posted a video that appears to have been taken in Freedom Plaza in Northwest, DC. We are in the process of determining the authenticity of the video."

  • Viral StoriesMore>>

  • New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm

    New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:52:09 GMT
    It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It's made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high.
    It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It's made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high.
  • Oklahoma policeman accused of sex assaults on duty

    Oklahoma policeman accused of sex assaults on duty

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:36:23 GMT
    An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty.
    An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested Thursday and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond after being accused of committing a series of sexual assaults against at least six women while on duty.
  • VIDEO: Beluga whale teases kids at aquarium

    VIDEO: Beluga whale teases kids at aquarium

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:33:53 GMT
    Video of a beluga whale teasing children at a zoo has gone viral. You can see Juno snapping his jaws at three young children at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
    Video of a beluga whale teasing children at a zoo has gone viral. You can see Juno snapping his jaws at three young children at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices