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

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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."

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