Police Investigating Pro Gun Activist’s YouTube Video

Both the U.S. Park Police and the D.C. Police are investigating a YouTube video posted by gun rights activist Adam Kokesh that shows him loading a shotgun in what seems to be a park in Washington, where laws prohibit the open carrying of firearms and the possession of guns not registered in the District. A joint statement by both law enforcement agencies said they were aware of the video, which “appears to have been taken in Freedom Plaza,” and were attempting to authenticate the footage, according to the Washington Post.

“We will not be silent. We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity. We are the final American Revolution. See you next Independence Day,” Kokesh said in the video. 

The clip was entitled “Open Carry March on DC A Success” and was dated Thursday. Kokesh had previously planned to hold an Independence Day event with thousands of gun toting protesters marching into D.C. from Virginia, however he subsequently cancelled that protest and instead urged people to demonstrate at all 50 state capitols. 

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