Gun Rights Activist Being Held Without Bond On Gun And Drug Charges

A spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office said gun rights activist Adam Kokesh remains in custody after he was arrested Tuesday night at his northern Virginia home on gun and drug charges. 

“Adam Kokesh is incarcerated in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. He is charged with ‘Possession Schedule I or II Drug’ and ‘Possess Sched. I/II Drug While Possessing Firearm,'” Lt. Steve Elbert wrote in an email to TPM. “He has refused to be LiveScanned( this is electronic fingerprinting w/photo) so we do not have a booking photo at this time. He is being held without bond at this time and his next scheduled court date is 10/02/2013.”

Elbert said the charges were placed on Kokesh by a detective with the U.S. Parks Police, which served a warrant on his home. Court documents showed the drug charges involved possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, according to the Washington Post. 

“A search warrant was executed at the residence of Adam Kokesh on last evening and pursuant to the investigation he was arrested and charged with narcotics and weapons charges in Virginia,” U.S. Parks Police Lt. Pamela Smith said. 

Smith confirmed the warrant was related to the investigation into a video Kokesh posted to YouTube that he said showed him loading a shotgun in Washington, D.C.’s Freedom Plaza, which is overseen by the Parks Police. Laws in Washington, D.C. prohibit the open carrying of firearms and the possession of guns not registered in the district. Kokesh has described the video as a deliberate act of civil disobedience

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