Gun Rights Activist Says D.C. Shotgun Video Was ‘Civil Disobedience’

Gun rights activist Adam Kokesh told Washington D.C.’s NBC 4 news station that a video he posted on YouTube last week does indeed show him loading a shotgun in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza. Both the U.S. Park Police and the D.C. Police released a statement Friday indicating they are investigating the video.

Local laws in Washington D.C. prohibit the open carrying of firearms and the possession of guns not registered in the District. Kokesh described the clip to NBC 4 as a deliberate act of civil disobedience. 

“I was ready to stand by my word, and I was ready to commit the civil disobedience that I had committed to,” said Kokesh.


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